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Subject: tenor wearing earpiece for prompting
From: E J Michel <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Wed, 26 Nov 2008 23:41:12 -0500

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Arts, Briefly

Plugging in a Tenor


New York Times 11-25-08


There is an honorable tradition in opera of singers relying on a prompter to
provide cues for words or entrances. But during rehearsals for the
Metropolitan Opera’s production of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde,” which
opens on Friday night, the German tenor singing Tristan, Peter Seiffert, has
been using a personal electronic prompter: an earpiece through which he can
hear the cues directly. The only previous time a performer at the Met has
used such a device came last season in a speaking role for the new
production of Donizetti’s “Fille du Régiment.” Mr. Seiffert has sung several
major Wagner roles to acclaim, including Tannhäuser for his Met debut in
2004. When he sang Tristan in Berlin two years ago he also used an earpiece.
A Met official said yesterday that Mr. Seiffert was still deciding whether
to use the earpiece on Friday, when the conductor Daniel Barenboim would be
making his Met debut.



E J Michel

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