OK, I'll risk stirring up a hornets' nest here.
Mike Richter writes:
A side point: In earlier times, the singer would carry the text
on stage in a little book. Fortunately, that practice has
disappeared (?), ...
Why is this considered "fortunate"??
And, to stir further controversy, why should not the accompanist _also_
not memorize the music and work "scoreless"? (Or is the Page Turner's
Union _that_ powerful?)
[Historical background for this tradition would also be germane to this
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