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November 20, 2009

My newest opera singer obsession: Dorothea Röschmann

After watching many clips of her singing, I trolled around the “Related Videos” and wandered into crossover territory. One of the blogs I read also posted this yesterday:

I watched a few of Sam Tsui’s other videos, and I was once again reminded that in performance, most people are wowed by belting and vocal fireworks. While fun and occasionally impressive, what really matters is what happens in the verses, in the middle-range, in the text. What I got from the performer above and from too many crossover artists was a lot of screaming and not enough relating to the words they were singing. Every word matters. Technique is a given in performance. If you don’t have it, you’re screwed. But once you can hit the high note, or pull off the run, or make it through the impossibly long phrase, what’s left? What’s beneath the glossy exterior? Do you have anything interesting to say, or is it just sounds and vocal acrobatics?

Now, lest you think I’m down on belting entirely, I want to be clear that I heartily enjoy musical theatre, and I respect a good pop star in the right context. Here is the same performer in episode 1 of a thoroughly enjoyable original musical series:

Happy Friday!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. November 23, 2009 8:37 pm

    Great, Betsy. What’s the plot of the opera?

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