Wednesday, April 11, 2012

'Moral agony'

I’m conflicted about this from The Moscow News:
A disgruntled patron’s lawsuit against the Bolshoi Theater, asking compensation for “moral agony” after enduring a non-traditional production of Glinka’s opera “Russlan and Ludmilla,” has been thrown out of court:

On one hand, 1 million rubles (about $33,700) is a preposterous claim for a bad night at the opera. On the other hand, a few hefty judgments against the producers of Eurotrash Regieoper could bring opera companies, and not just European ones, to their senses.

And moral agony is a concept that any music lover who’s suffered through a misbegotten performance can heartily embrace.