I can certainly imagine some conductors - the now dead ones - who would never have put up with this. I remember a Tchaikovsky Sixth with Kurt Masur that involved a small cough at the very beginning of the bassoon opening. He stopped the music and stormed off stage, returned a minute or two later and announced to the audience "NO COUGHING!". Applause would have been hugely irritating for him. But some conductors have got wise in some symphonies, like Tchaikovsky's Sixth - Muti often does not insert a pause at all between the third and fourth movements.
I'm less certain it's a problem with opera. It's not always appropriate, but I have much less of a problem with it when it happens.
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