Regarding Martin Bernheimer's review of Opera Pacific's "Die Fledermaus" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center (Calendar, Feb. 29):
Your main complaint seems to be the electronic amplification of the sound. You say the show would have been "bearable if Strauss' magical score had been permitted to soar and shimmer in a natural acoustical setting." I submit to you that if the powers that be had not opted for electronic amplification, fully one half of the audience would not have heard a note--spoken or sung.
I wonder if you have ever sat in Tier 3 for an entire performance. Without electronic help, it's totally impossible to hear the spoken word and halfway impossible to hear the singing. I have tickets to every season offered by the Orange County Performing Arts Center (what can I say; we're music lovers!), and these seats are scattered throughout the center--from the back reaches of Tier 3 to the middle of the orchestra. No matter where we sit, we need the amplification. I would think the blame for this could be given to the architect, sound engineer, et al. They seem to reinvent the wheel each time a theater is built instead of asking advice of someone who knows about acoustics and such.