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Subject: Question on tempo
From: R PRADA <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:R PRADA <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 4 Feb 2018 03:57:16 -0500

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Singers differ in the tempo that suits them, so it is up to the conductor to accommodate the singer in order to get their best work.

I once heard of a pianist rejected by a Tanglewood jury because he insisted on his own tempo. He actually had an argument with his singer, who needed a different tempo in order to be comfortable. He said it was his audition, so the tempo choice fell to him.
The singer told him he ought to let her sing at a tempo that favored her best work. 
He did it his way, and was told directly that he lost his place because his singer was obviously uncomfortable with the tempo he chose.

Some for orchestral conductors. They are showcasing a soloist, singer or instrumentalist.

Some conductors have favorite singers, and that can be when they agree on interpretation or tempo.

There are even conductors who play favorites by accommodating the singers they like and running roughshod over the rest.

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