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Poll: When is it Appropriate to Boo?

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Classical music fans are a notoriously feisty bunch. Especially when it comes to opera. The Metropolitan Opera discovered this fact when it started to replace beloved, old-fashioned productions with modern, concept-driven stagings. Some longtime patrons responded vocally: a chorus of boos and catcalls greeted recent new stagings of Tosca and La Sonnambula.

But at the opening of a new production of La Traviata on New Year's Eve, the boos were minimal. Was it a sign of newfound restraint? And should fans be free to express their disapproval? Take our poll:


Booing at La Sonnambula (Met Radio broadcast):