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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 10:37 am    Post subject: Support from New York Reply with quote

This email was sent to Bryn's Agent , thought you might like to read it, the writer is not a member of the Terfeliaid.
I have been following the reactions and comments regarding Mr. Terfel's withdrawal from his performances as Wotan at the ROH. Most of it, in my humble opinion, is INSANITY. Some armchair warriors (who have NEVER themselves come even close to stepping on an opera or concert stage in their lives but are absolute experts in the process, i.e., critics) have even suggested this is tantamount to a soldier deserting in the face of the enemy in battle. My God, have you ever heard such rubbish?! Some of these "experts" have consigned him to failure and ignominy on the Wagnerian opera stage because....he put his family first. (I have to wonder what the likes of Rupert Christiansen at the Telegraph would NOT do for his family. Scary, and sad.) Mr. Terfel is a mere 41 years old. 41!! Virtually a baby in Wagnerian terms. Barring accident or illness, he has years and years to grow and flourish in opera, Wagnerian or otherwise. Any people of sanity and a sense or proportion will NOT, NOT, NOT hold this decision against him. (I can't of course count opera critics in that mix because I did say "sanity and proportion".) I totally applaud and support and respect Mr. Terfel's decision to put his REAL LIFE first. The machine of opera will grind on, and on, and on. With or without him. And "grind" is the operant word. As unto dust. Artist reps and managers and recording companies and opera companies will create stars and then use them up and discard them like plastic wrap when they've outlived their usefulness. I am not advocating frivolous shirking of commitment, in any profession. But sometimes THINGS HAPPEN. I do know that performing artists---particularly singers, whose instrument comprises two fragile cords---can not, must not, be treated like chattel. Why are they supposed to sacrifice loved ones for their "art"? This "suffering for one's art" is a 19th century romantic conceit that was garbage then and stinkier garbage now. IT'S A JOB for Christ's sake!!! An important job, yes. The crazier the world, the more it needs its artists. But still at the end of the day a job for hire. Those artists who decide and declare that there are other things of importance besides "the show must go on" are to be respected. And I do. Pleasing a house of strangers for one or six or however many nights at the ROH is chump change when weighed against the welfare of one's child. Yellowing glowing press clips can warm you just so much. How many "must have" artists over the centuries, huge successes in their own times, are unknown in ours, at best footnotes? I respect and admire Mr. Terfel for having a higher value system.

Thank you.

Renie768 New York
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is brilliant - particularly coming from a non-Terfeliaid member! Laughing Thank you so much to Bryn's agent and Marilyn for posting it. It so eloquently voices the feelings of all of us who support Bryn and family, and would like to tell the ROH and all others who have criticised his actions to 'get stuffed'! I'm sure Bryn and family will be elated when they read it.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WELL SAID GILLIAN. Especially loved the Get stuffed!!!!

Thank you everyone who sent it. Bryn must know there are more who support him than those who dont. The opera world NEEDS people like Bryn but equally, he will still be able to keep his family comfortably, if he does not return to the opera world, something I really do not believe.
I love opera but family must come first
God Bless you Bryn
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks so much, Marilyn, for posting the messages from New York and Germany. I think it it is a loud minority who are critizing Bryn for putting family first.

All of my friends who are not Terfeliaid members have all said...Good for Bryn and Lesley!!!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh dear! Just re-reading what I wrote yesterday. Was I really so impolite as to say 'Get stuffed'? It is not usually my style to speak in such a way - but is just how I feel regarding those who criticize Bryn's actions in putting family first.
Gillian Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, Gillian,

Thanks for that good laugh. I didn't even think about "get stuffed" being impolite. LOL!!!!! I think we all feel the same way as you!

Phyllis Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gillian,

I was ready to call the whole bunch of opera critics, bloggers, etc idiots. So you saying get stuffed is pretty mild! I agree whole heartedly with Renie in New York. It's nice to know non-Terfeliaids are supportive of Bryn, too.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loved the letter...and all your comments Very Happy

TER1291 wrote:
I was ready to call the whole bunch of opera critics, bloggers, etc idiots.


Another blogger/critic who supports Bryn's decision
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ivan-katz-/checking-out_b_64758.html
(again from NY Wink )
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Gillian,

not learning your "get stuffed" in my English lessons at school, I had to look up the expression in my dictionary:

I really love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( in that context)

Loved the mail from New York so much, too.

By the way, can anyone tell me (as a non native speaker) what LOL means, Phillys used it in her mail. If it is not a special secret!

Thanks a lot

Best wishes,

Christiane-Germany
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ornella
BRAVO for that one, too! Laughing
Gillian Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Gillian Very Happy

gregchris wrote:

By the way, can anyone tell me (as a non native speaker) what LOL means, Phillys used it in her mail. If it is not a special secret!



Christiane, LOL = Laughing
It's the abbreviation for "laughing out loud"

You might also find ROTFL which is... "rolling on the floor laughing" !
I think there are tons of other "web abbreviations" but not all of them are commonly used - maybe IMO/IMHO, "in my (humble) opinion" - and a few others...
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi!

Here a bunch of email abbreviatons!

http://gei.aerobaticsweb.org/smileys.html

Phyllis Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh Gill....surely not embarrassed by expressing what so many of us feel
Believe me I could use some much worse expletives...well I was in the army during the war...finished my education that experience!!
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