DEAR MET AUDIENCE,I don't have a specific explanation, but there definitely seems to have been a change from before Christmas to after that's continued even through this week. And perhaps even this truly bizarre incident (people forcing their way into the auditorium during an act and then loudly tripping in the dark!? -- really?) is part of the recent trend...
IN THE WORDS OF A FAMOUS TENOR “SHUT UP WITH YOUR DAMN COUGHING.” For goodness sake, people. During intermission hack up your lungs for all I care, sneeze until your brains come out, but when the lights go down I want SILENCE! It wasn’t just an occasional sporadic cough or sneeze, but every time someone coughed it would send a chain reaction of “Okay, then I can cough/sneeze now too.” Sometime’s it would go on for minutes until I wanted to scream! Seriously, opera fans, it’s not that hard to cough at intermission, or to keep quiet for the short amount of time the singers were on stage!
CaroNome of Score Desk
Perhaps the semi-break in the schedule later this month will return some self-control and self-awareness (many of the chronic coughers, throat-clearers, etc. seem actually oblivious to the fact that everyone -- including, often, the singers -- can hear them) to the house.