[NOTE: This entry has been updated (1) as of 1:21 AM Eastern on 8 Nov. See below.]
Update (1:21 AM Eastern on 8 Nov): On reading several eMails referring to our above entry, we now see we've managed to be unintentionally ambiguous concerning our two one-line comments, so let us now correct the problem. When we wrote, "If this production doesn't drive us back to live opera nothing will," we meant to say, "If this production doesn't drive us back to live opera TO SEE THIS PRODUCTION, nothing will," meaning that the intriguing staging was so complex we knew that no filmed reproduction of that staging (as in a DVD or via the Met's HD Live) could capture it fully or even accurately and therefore it had to be experienced live in the theater to properly assess its appropriateness as a staging for this opera about which appropriateness we have some fundamental doubts; doubts that would NOT have arisen had Lulu been a stage play rather than an opera. As to our closing line, we were NOT coyly soliciting donations. Merely jestingly stating an actual impediment as living like a virtual hermit for the past 30 years or so, we're sorely ill-equipped materials-wise to venture out into the high-class, high-cost world of NYC opera-going without expending substantial amounts of money to properly equip ourself. We trust this update will serve to remove all ambiguity from our above entry.