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Subject: Re: "Hansel and Gretel" at the Met, Dec 16th - a tenor Witch
From: Ulrik <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Ulrik <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 19 Dec 2011 00:25:40 -0500

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Having heard H&G with a soprano or mezzo as the Witch and also with a 
tenor, I find that the music works much, much better with a female singer 
(chacun a son gout). I wonder if any listers could provide some insight in the 
background and reasons for using a tenor in this part? Is it an alternative 
approved by the composer, when did this tradition start etc. And why does 
this seem to be catching more and more on?



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