Minnegeddon is a name I chose to account for a number of seemingly-unrelated events that, in fact, may be connected to the lock-out of me, the Other Mozart, by players of the Minnesota Orchestra. That happened some time ago, and may have been the underlying reason for the recent 18-month-long lockout of the players by Management. Don’t get me wrong — I am not trying to spin some crazy story. And, I could be mistaken. However, there have been enough odd events for me to want to attempt to define a framework for them.
You see, I play die zauberflote. Not the opera. The real magic flute. The players are well aware of this, and staged a revolt because, apparently, its sound put their playing somehow at a disadvantage. Not that I had anything to do with this, mind you. I was always friendly and humbled by the opportunities I believed I had been given by the man I call “Monostatos” and his colleagues to practice on the darkened stage at Orchestra Hall. As other players crawled out of the woodwork I at first thought I was winning them over. But there was instead apparently an agenda at work — to discredit me with slander and make sure that I never had the chance to compete with them again. My three wonderful children have also suffered greatly because of the vicious cruelty of “Monostatos” — who also happens to be their ex-stepfather. I cannot tell you depth of the the anguish that I have experienced on their behalf.
But you see, die zauberflote always works the same way. Whenever it is played — with a proper introduction or total disrespect — it goes in and gets all the truth out. Then it starts using everything for good. It stops even the hidden agendas in their tracks. And then, those who plotted against it end up with the consequences intended for their victim.
Believe me, after all this time, I am something of an expert on this.
So, as the opera Die Zauberflote, contains tests of all the elements, wind and waves and tragedy and building collapses in areas where the flute has been played might only to be expected. And, since this is an opera, staged in the greatest house in the world — or it was when I was a child going to it on class trips every year — it is only logical that as Minnegeddon is playing out in Minnesota it has also created tumult at the Met…http://slippedisc.com/2018/03/just-in-james-levine-sues-the-met-for-unfair-dismissal/#comment-418133