Wow. Just...wow. Unbelievably, that's what Robert Lepage said to Dan Wakin, who does the Met and all opera audiences a great favor by printing the most hubristic quotation I have ever seen, out-Jonathan-Millering Jonathan Miller by about the length of a marathon.
He is clearly clueless about what critics have been objecting to, and somehow manages to twist things around to blame the audience for its conservatism. No, Robert, mon ami, the problem is that your production is utterly brainless and in fact profoundly conservative. Audiences want more than that.
And thanks for the general insult to audience members who care about the music. If I were a Met donor, I'd be writing letters about how the company wasn't going to get a penny until it fires Lepage.