Where are you going, Puerto Rico?PUERTO Rico’s being in the news recently reminded me of something that happened to me in the 1980s. I was waiting for the orchestra to play the overture and for the curtain to rise at the Metropolitan Opera in New York when a man suddenly ran up the stage to tell the audience to get out because a tear gas canister had been exploded at the back of the auditorium. We, the audience, filed out quietly through the exits he pointed to. After waiting for just over a half-hour in the open air, the ushers called us back and we returned to our seats as quietly as we left them a while ago. The theater staff handled the affair marvelously. We did not smell a whiff of the tear gas at any time that night. The international cast of singers and musicians, including a Jessie Norman on the rise and a Regine Crespin retiring, proceeded to perform gloriously. The following day, there was buried in the inside pages of the New York Times a small item about the tear gas … [Read more...] about Where are you going, Puerto Rico?