Everything in the "Guardian" article you site is true. However, what you fail to mention is that a great man and towering giant among conductors and composers by the name of GUSTAV MAHLER changed all of that when he was the director of the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera House). He put his stamp on orchestral music, and opera, and ballet, forever. If civility was good enough for Mahler, it's good enough for me!
Speaking of the Staatsoper, allow me to brag a bit. Today I saw Tschaik's "Nutcracker" ballet there. And thankfully, a Vienna audience knows how to act during a performance. Oh yeah, my ticket was 30ATS, which is 2.18 euro, which is about US$1.96. Sure, I stood up the whole time, but it was, I repeat UNDER TWO UNITED STATES DOLLARS for an above-average performance of a pretty good ballet in one of the finest performance venues in the world. I paid considerably more than that (~US$6, not a bad deal in itself) for my melange (proper Viennese coffee) and Sacher Torte at Hotel Sacher before the show.
A bad week for me is one in which I only see 2 live performances of good music a week. (This week will be one of them, unfortunately, the only other performance I'm able to attend being Tori Amos on Friday.)
|Originally posted by shivohum
Again from the article: "I read recently that Ravel's favourite way of listening to performances of his own music was to leave the hall, and pace up and down the corridor smoking a Capriol cigarette. Apparently people used to stroll around and smoke at early Proms."