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Subject: Re: Could Judy Garland Have Sung Opera?
From: Tom Frey <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 31 Oct 2016 13:43:31 -0400
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The theory that certain pop singers could have gone opera is, to me, based on a total ignorance of what it takes to become a successful opera performer. Voice is just one element. Just because someone can hit a note or be loud or even carry a tune isn't enough. Besides all that are having intelligence, discipline and huge musical knowledge. One must be able to be part of the ensemble that involves being in an opera. You don't always get the spotlight,unless you're Lily Pons. Then there is the learning of many languages. The technology of maintaining vocal stamina to get through 2 or 3 hours of difficult music. Stage presence, unless you're Pavarotti. You have to act the role not just get out the notes. The classic case of how not to become an opera star is Mario Lanza. He no doubt, had the native ore but did not have the intelligence or dedication to study and make thee right choices. Instead he grabbed the Hollywood dollar and become a joke among those who know what is opera is all about. Elvis was a success at what he strived to be. Isn't that enough?
 
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From: Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 13:02:06 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Could Judy Garland Have Sung Opera?

Just wanted to get people's attention.  Although the question is no less silly than whether 
Elvis could have sung opera.

The thread about Elvis is an odd one.  The question whether a certain pop singer could have 
sung opera implies that singing opera is some kind of seal of supremacy.  Why not just 
recognize that there are a variety of vocal endeavors in which a singer can be supreme, for 
quite different reasons, and leave it at that?  In opera, we can always have the dubious 
pleasure of hearing Scotto sing "Over the Rainbow" or Simionato and Bastianini sing "Annie 
Get Your Gun" without speculating about their musical theater chops.

MDW

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