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Subject: Re: tenor wearing earpiece for prompting
From: Kirsten Lee <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kirsten Lee <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 26 Nov 2008 23:34:41 -0800

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Does Seiffert have trouble remembering the words? Perhaps trouble hearing
the prompter?
Could remembering the text German be harder for German speakers?

I recall a Tannhaeuser rehearsal I attended when Seiffert just went blank in
the middle of the scene with Venus. The staging was such that it was the
scene when Venus who was wearing only a large bath towel, slowly opened up
her towel when Seiffert went speechless so to speak so I thought at first it
was some silly stage direction. He did fine during the real performances and
I really liked him in the role.

Kirsten Lee

On Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 8:41 PM, E J Michel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 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.

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