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Subject: Re: Was the disappearance of Meyerbeer on opera stages the canary in the mine?
From: Marc Shepherd <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Marc Shepherd <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 6 May 2017 14:25:30 -0400

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On Sat, May 6, 2017 at 1:49 PM, James Camner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I have been reading that Meyerbeer is making something of a comeback in the
> opera world. I guess it's good news, but I have mixed emotions about it.
> For one thing, just about nobody can sing his music with anything
> approaching the technique and style that is necessary.

The ability to do so has not been permanently bred out of the human genome.
When a genre is not being produced, no one is incented to learn how to
perform it. As Meyerbeer’s operas are produced more, singers will be
encouraged to learn the style.

Marc Shepherd
New York, NY

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