Jay: Enjoyed your Impromptu on the unfortunate bit of editing in that opera
Let us not forget that this year marks the 100th anniversary of another
operatic scandal, the Met’s 1904 production of Parsifal, in which the kiss
between Kundry and Parsifal in Act II lasted 45 seconds. Critic Eleanor
Franklin called the performance “profanity, sacrilege, blasphemy, and a
gigantic outrage.” Good thing she didn’t live to see Janet Jackson.