We go to see Appomattox tonight. I’ve skimmed a few reviews, but not really taken them in. I did see a short bit of Scheinin’s on my news feed and it appears he couldn’t stand it. (But I’ll read the entire review only after I see the opera myself.) Hmmm. He didn’t like the last Silicon Valley Symphony concert either. Maybe this is just a bad time of year for him?
Okay … I’m sort of kidding. But I do wonder. Do we hear differently if we are in a bad mood? If our lives are falling apart, would we take things in in a more negative way? (No, I’m not saying this is the case with Mr. Scheinin—I’ve not had a word with him—I’m speaking generally.) I’m wondering how reviewers deal with the outside world, with real life, with even, say, an upset stomach or bad cold. Are they, as they are professionals, able to push real issues aside for the performance, just as we push our “issues” aside when we perform? I’m guessing so.