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Subject: Re: Nelson Eddy and Opera
From: James Bodge <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:James Bodge <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 11 Oct 2018 18:09:35 -0400
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Yes, the Drum Major is usually cast with a heldentenor! At the very 
least an "aging" singer who can still handle the semi-high register the 
heldentenor lives in. Many heldentenors start out as baritones and re-train.

Notable tenor-Drum Majors, since the 1959 MET premiere have been Kurt 
Baum (singing in English, yet) Robert Nagy, Ticho Parly, and Wolfgang 
Neumann (whose MET debut was as Siegfried).

Nelson Eddy's strong, lyric baritone was a common voice-type in American 
movies and theater (see, or rather hear) John Raitt in CAROUSEL. Two 
steps over and you've got yourself a heldentenor. Eddy was s'wonderful 
or s"marvelous.

best wishes,

Jim Bodge


On 10/11/2018 12:01 PM, Wadeworks wrote:
> All tge roles were solidly baritone parts except the Drum
> Major. Isnt that usually cast as a tenor part?
>
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