December 20, 2003
False Advertising At The Met

The program for today's performance of Schoenberg's Moses und Aron at the Met lists among the singers a "First Naked Virgin", "Second Naked Virgin", "Third Naked Virgin", and "Fourth Naked Virgin". None of the singers listed was naked at any point in the opera: they kept their (very modern) brassières and panties on throughout. Should I ask for my money back? I also have doubts as to whether they were all virgins, but do not care to pursue the point at this time.

Not to sound too much like Beavis or Butt-Head, but anyone willing to sit through two solid hours of twelve-tone music really ought to be able to enjoy a more authentic staging and more authentic costumes (or lack thereof) than the Met provided today.

P.S. I'm kidding. Please restrain yourself from writing indignantly humorless comments or e-mails.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at December 20, 2003 11:56 PM

What a shame you have to issue the caveat...

Posted by: Scott Chaffin on December 23, 2003 02:32 AM

Amen to that last. Irony isn't dead, but it's gravely wounded.

Posted by: David Gillies on December 27, 2003 10:57 PM

Hey! You could at least demand that the Met use skin colored tight fitting body suits. You can get a good one for the price of a good balcony seat. Not that I know that I know that as a fact of course...

Posted by: Daniel on December 30, 2003 10:00 AM