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):