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Subject: Re: Pavarotti sang today/S & D
From: MelodiPhil <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 16 Mar 1998 23:56:17 EST
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In a message dated 98-03-16 00:47:18 EST, John Vitale writes:

<< By the way, the conductor was wearing a dark suit and tie, not a tuxedo.
 First time I ever saw this. >>

One sees this from time to time in Europe, and generally conductors don't wear
a tuxedo but white tie and tails.  However, an alternative one often sees
during warmer months is a black shirt with red bowtie and tuxedo pants.
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About a decade ago, I saw a SAMSON ET DALILA with Jon Vickers in which, during
Dalila's "Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix" Samson, singing the second "Dalila,
Dalila, je t'aime!" with the high b-flat, sang that high b-flat while
reclining from a semi-sitting position to one flat on his back, and he sounded
damn good doing it.  Now *there* was a vocal feat.  Besides, I have heard
several Florestans sing "Gott, welch Dunkel hier" flat on their backs and did
it that way in my own first production.  It's nothing new in the staging or
singing world.

Cheers!

Phil
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