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Subject: Re: Vespri Bolero- Radvanovsky- High E or not High E??
From: James Jorden <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:James Jorden <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 20 Oct 2004 09:20:12 -0400
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Ed:

> The question is will the conductor, and/or musical staff at the Met let
her sing this unwritten note.

Another point is that it is one thing to sing the "Bolero" in concert and a
very different thing to sing it in  the context of a full performance of
VESPRI. In general Elena is a very heavy role, and quite long too.
The "Bolero" comes toward the end of a very long evening when (likely) the
soprano is beginning to tire. So is one additional note worth the risk of
cracking in this very exposed spot? You know that if she *does* crack,
that's what everyone will remember from that performance.

Now, that said, I do think that this high E falls under the same rule as
the E-flat in TRAVIATA: if the soprano has a good *reliable* note, and if
she can confidently interpolate it without getting so nervous that the rest
of her performance suffers, *and* if she sings the rest of the role very
well, then, sure, let her interoplate the E. But an added high note should
really be "dessert," not a substitute for the rest of the balanced meal.

J.Jo.

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