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Subject: Re: Any opinions on this article?
From: Alain Letort <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Alain Letort <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:23:20 -0400

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My latest post to Opera-L.

On Sat, Aug 19, 2017 at 12:20 PM, Alain Letort <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Thank you very much, Kiwi, for the link to the fascinating and
> thought-provoking article in “The Guardian,” one of the few truly great
> newspapers in the world today.  I have felt for a long time that singing
> techniques are not what they used to be and that there has to be a
> connection between faulty teaching and technique and the fact that more and
> more singers are experiencing terrible vocal problems at increasingly
> younger ages.
> One of the wonders of Opera-L is how it helps you learn something every
> day.
>  In the “Guardian” article, there was a passing reference to an opera house
> in the town of Òsimo called the Teatro La Nuova Fenice.  I was very
> intrigued, because even though I have lived in Italy and made many trips
> there, including most recently a trip in April and may which enabled me for
> a first time in my life to attend a performance at Venice’s fabled La
> Fenice, I had *never* heard of a town called Òsimo or of a theater called
> La
> Nuova Fenice.  (I added the grave accent to show where the stress falls and
> to indicate that the initial “o” is open and not closed).
> So I looked them up, and wow, what a gem of an Italian hill town and
> especially what a gem of an opera house !!!  The Teatro La Fenice was built
> in   1887-1892 and has a seating capacity of 444 (187 in the orchestra
> section and the read in three tiers of boxes and a “loggione”).  It is
> exquisite in a turquoise and gold color scheme, not unlike the much larger
> Mariinsky in Saint Petersburg, and boasts a beautiful painted stage
> curtain.
>  The theater's façade is also quite elegant in the neoclassical style.
> Here
> is a link to pictures of the Teatro La Nuova Fenice :
> &sa=X&as_st=y&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ved=0ahUKEwjIrILP1
> ePVAhXFOiYKHSUnBhYQsAQIQA&biw=1916&bih=972
> and another link to a Wikipedia page about the theater :
> (sorry, no page in
> English)
> I never cease to be amazed at how many Italian towns in the 20,000-40,000
> population range boast absolutely beautiful opera houses and that are still
> active, even if nowadays they mostly host stage plays or concerts, with an
> occasional opera performed by a touring company.  Such towns include
> Gubbio,
> Spoleto, but there are many others.  Italy is quite simply the best !
> The rest of the town is also very attractive and, as a result of Kiwi’s
> post, Òsimo has all of a sudden rocketed to the top of my must-see list for
> my next trip to Italy.  Read more about Òsimo at
> or, in greater length but in Italian,
> at
> Cheers and all the best,
> Alain
> Alain Letort
> Washington, D.C.
> Des Ungeheuers Höhle
> ===========================================
> On Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:59:55 -0400, Kiwi <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> From the Guardian.  Wonder if any of you agree / disagree with the
> substance.
> d-surgery-why-stars-keep-losing-their-voices

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