Podcast 24: Andrew Rudin, Met Opera Petition

Sometimes the person behind a news story is just as interesting as the story itself. We invited composer Andrew Rudin on the show to discuss his petition to have the MET Opera dedicate it’s Opening Night Gala to the Gay Lesbian Bi and Transgender community.

The opening night Gala is “Eugene Onegin” by Russia’s most famous “gay” composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Considering the state of LGBT in Russia today, and Valery Gergiev and Anna Natrebko’s previous support of Vladimir Putin, should the met make a small gesture showing it’s support to the gay community worldwide?

Still Image from "Il Giuoco"

Still Image from “Il Giuoco”

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Andrew Rudin’s petition to the MET currently over 8,000 supporters

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NOTES: Opening Music—Cello Sonata, “Consolation”: Sam Magill, cello; Beth Levin, pianist. Violin Concerto: “Canto di Ritorno”, with Diane Monroe, Orchestrta 200l (CORRECTION: my apologies that it is NOT the Viola Concerto mentioned in the podcast). Piano Concerto: Marcantonio Barone, piano; Orchestra 200l, James Freeman conducting, From Centaur CD #3119.

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