Before the talk began there was chatter about how a falling football damaged the principal bassoonist’s bassoon during the evening’s performance.

I just read this. Over at The Opera Tattler. Which makes me wonder who was playing principal bassoon. (DK, do you know? JA?)

Oh dear … this is not good. Not good at all. We have a mesh screen above the pit, which should catch falling items. I still get the occasional feather or whatnot, but we’ve not had anything large fall into the pit for years.

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  1. That mesh screen saved my hat from falling on somebody during Barber! Not that it would have done any damage, but I was grateful that I was able to just scoop it out.

  2. When we were in the Montgomery we had some major stuff fall into the pit, and it wasn’t pretty. Irene is very good about this sort of thing, but I’m not sure a net would catch some heavy things that could really hurt our instruments. Or us.

    Bassoons are quite expensive, although of course not like string instruments. (Oboes are cheaper than bassoons and flutes, but I think they cost more than clarinets.) The big thing is that some damage really changes the way an instrument works and it’s difficult to get it back to the way it was.

    We see Elixir November 26. I guess we won’t be seeing that, though; I read that they have had to redo that scene. Go figure.

  3. Actually, maybe I WAS viewing it as a strategy game, so I was coming up with a brilliant strategy for the game! Checkmate!

  4. Hah! Well, I’m rotten at the whole strategy thing. Kind of like making oboe reeds. Or cleaning a house. Or making dinner.

    Oh dear … I’m bad at everything!

  5. That would have to be Rufus – oh dear. I’ll try to find out more. Sometimes I worry about these adventurous productions – and apparently with good reason. I still remember having a billiard ball roll over my shoulder into my lap in the opening scene of Cosi, and being kicked in the head (well, bumped by the extremely padded bootie-clad foot of Guillermo, anyway, as he was lying and twitching under the effect of the magnet held by Despina) in the same production in the Montgomery. But none of that did any harm, at least. Then there was the metal cup that went flying into the pit during Faust, which I believe did do some damage to a string instrument or player?

    Where did you read that they have to redo the scene?

    P.S. That’s not true, you are really really really good at putting yourself down. :-P

  6. If you read the comment section of Opera Tattler’s post, you’ll see what a singer said about restaging.

    Maybe I’m good at putting myself down … but I think I could be even better.

    Never. Good. Enough. ;-)

  7. Perhaps stringed instruments will become less expensive soon:

    www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2008/11/07/mushroom-violins.html

  8. Rufus Olivier was the bassoonist at hand, yes.

  9. The football hit his reed and bocal – bassoon was not damaged, the reed was creamed. He was not hurt, luckily. I’m still awaiting word regarding his bocal…

  10. Whew! II’m very glad to hear about the bassoon, but I know how I feel about my reeds! (But then I’ll bet he’s a better reed maker and isn’t so freaked by that kind of thing.) Now how much to bassoon bocals run? I’m guessing that’s costly. (But better than bassoon or … can you imagine damaging a violin or something?)