Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What the Tenor is Telling You

Lovely Alex Ross piece on Joyce DiDonato (gated) gives us yokels a glimpse into how much there is to opera beyond what we see on stage.  Including an explanation of the behavior of the tenor, from Paul Curran, director of "La Donna del Lago" last summer at Santa Fe:
A compact, fast-talking Scot who has worked everywhere from Sydney to St. Petersburg, [Curran] has a wide frame of reference and a fine understanding of ritual. A former dancer, he wages war on the stock attitudes that opera singers recycle generation after generation--for example, the tenorial arm gesture that he characterizes as "Please examine our fine display of jewelry" or "Would you like a pie?"

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