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Subject: Re: Amplification in the Opera House (formerly RE: SALOME opening night MET 5 December)
From: Isaac Alan <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Isaac Alan <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:15:38 +0000
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Purism is probably a dangerous word to use, there are very few examples of purity, but there is a lot of examples of tradition and preserved crafts. Opera is an art form that glorifies the techniques of singing and vocal projection, and also of sustained human effort to engage with and master the natural elements and forces.


Regards,

Isaac Alan



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From: Discussion of opera and related issues <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, 9 December 2016 4:24 PM
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Subject: Re: Amplification in the Opera House (formerly RE: SALOME opening night MET 5 December)

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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