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Subject: Re: Amplification in the Opera House (formerly RE: SALOME opening night MET 5 December)
From: Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 9 Dec 2016 11:24:29 -0500
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In terms of offstage singing, it HAS to depend on the acoustics of the particular house. If 
things can be heard to desired effect without amplification, great. If they can't, amplify. As far 
as the "it wasn't written to be amplified" argument, again, one has to look at the acoustics 
and size of any given house today as opposed to the premiere. 

Amplification does NOT mean it has to go booming into the house. Sometimes the sound just 
needs a bit more presence - and speakers can be placed in backstage locations so that the 
sound still comes from offstage. It's not rocket science, and it's NOT going against the 
intention of the composer, when certainly the composer meant for the music to be heard 
(yes?) even if the effect was for it to sound further away. 

Sometimes "purism" is really a destructive thing, getting in the way of its own best interests. 

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