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Subject: Re: bohème in english - was Re: Merrill's Per me giunto
From: Michael McPherson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Michael McPherson <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 20 May 2017 19:26:52 -0400
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This reminds me of the cast of Vanessa  practically all American  but the person constantly being praised for understanding what he was singing was Nicolai Gedda.

Michael

Michael J. McPherson
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> On May 20, 2017, at 6:18 PM, 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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