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Subject: Re: Singers taking multiple roles in operas
From: daaaac <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:22:52 -0400
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I strongly doubt Jones was sightreading the Empress.

Donald
> On Jun 13, 2017, at 9:51 AM, MTQ <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> Thank you.  I found this when I googled "Jones Frau".  I, myself, am a damn
> good sight singer, but I cannot for the life of me imagine sight reading
> Strauss!  And the mimed Empress on stage completes the explanation.
> 
> Thanks again to those who replied to me privately, as well.
> 
> MTQ
> =====
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Wendell Eatherly [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
> Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 6:57 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Singers taking multiple roles in operas
> 
> On Mon, 12 Jun 2017 22:27:36 -0400, MTQ <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> 
>> I have always been a little confused by this.  Isn't there a point 
>> where they are both
> singing at the same time?  If so, how did this work?  I've only seen the
> opera once in Amsterdam and for some reason I remember both sopranos being
> on stage together.
>> 
>> Or am I mistaken about there being a duet?
>> 
>> Thanks.
>> 
>> MTQ
>> =====
>> 
>> Gwyyneth Jones sang both soprano roles in Frau in the same performance 
>> (her daughter
> & here schoolmates were at the performance) J
>> 
> From a New York Times article, "LAST-MINUTE 'SAVES' ON THE OPERA STAGE":
> 
> "Miss Jones sight-read the Empress's scenes from behind a darkened scrim,
> while an actress mimed her movements. In scenes where the Empress and the
> Dyer's Wife are both onstage at the same time, Miss Jones turned her face
> from the audience to sing the Empress's lines, which she had quickly
> memorized backstage. Fortunately, the Empress and the Dyer's Wife have very
> little interaction; the only portion of the opera in which the characters'
> voices overlap is the final quartet, and at that point another soprano sang
> the Empress's lines from offstage while Miss Jones, in the role of the
> Dyer's Wife, was on stage with the mimed Empress."
> 
> The whole article's here: 
> 
> https://tinyurl.com/yaumah7v
> 
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