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Subject: Re: bohème in english - was Re: Merrill's Per me giunto
From: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 20 May 2017 18:29:34 -0400
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Max

John McCormack was the dictionary definition of clear English
diction. It was remarkable,, whether spoken or sung, and
though his speech was, of course, marked with the stamp of
Iteland, I never heard a word that was less than perfectly
articulated. Ditto Richard Crooks!

Bob

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> In Bing's memoirs, he discussed this early experiment with opera in
> English at the Met.  He
> said the problem was that the English translation was largely
> unintelligible.  After a dress
> rehearsal of (I think) the Boheme, which fell on his birthday, Bing was in
> the auditorium and
> the cast sang "Happy Birthday to him from the stage.  Bing said, "Thank
> you, ladies and
> gentlemen.  Those were the first words I understood all afternoon."
>
> Singing intelligible English (or maybe any language) is a matter of
> training in clear
> enunciation and text projection (which is a specific skill many singers
> lack), as well as a
> function of how clear and forward the singer's tone is.  Two singers who
> for me were paragons
> of singing clear, intelligible English were Dame Janet Baker and Elly
> Ameling (yes, she was
> Dutch, but her forward placement and precise enunciation were exemplary).
> Also Eleanor
> Steber.
>
> MDW
>
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