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If you mean "elite" in the sense that it´s very time consuming to get to know the plot, the music, understand its style and meaning, get to know different recordings, performers, different approaches to different roles - then yes, I would probably agree. The more you know about it - the more there ...
- 07 Jul 2016, 11:41
- Forum: Historic Opera Singers - Lebendige Vergangenheit
- Topic: Giuseppe Di Stefano
- Replies: 7
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Tibor Udvardy's rendition is not very good and rather boring. The registers aren't quite even and as he ascends he uses MF so it's easier to go to PP, he doesn't quite full voice, and it's unstable already on the attack, with hiccups on every diminuendo. To my ear, he is aware of them and masks them...
Opera will never be as accessible as musical. It's probably impossible to shake off the idea it's for the elite. It's complex music, it's foreign language for most and even native speakers struggle to understand opera singers due to vowel modification. Opera for the masses is a pipe dream.