Re: Disrespectful Audiences

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barbara-brundage on #107000

Ah, but is it new? From The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, talking about attending the opera at the Academy of Music in NYC in the early 1870s;

>As Madame Nilsson’s “M’ama!” thrilled out above the silent house (the boxes always stopped talking during the Daisy Song) a warm pink mounted to the girl’s cheek…

and

>”After all,” he heard one of the younger men begin behind him (everybody talked through the Mephistopheles-and-Martha scenes), “after all, just what happened?”