Sunday, January 01, 2006


I notice that the New York Times has a long article today about the effects of microphones in the opera house. They got this idea from me, you know. There is a nice bit about Thomas Glenn, an Adler Fellow, who wore a body mike in Doctor Atomic, and no, that didn't come from me. When I heard Glenn in his Schwabacher Debut Recital, I recommended that he take up coloratura singing, since that was the only use I knew for such a light tenor voice. I didn't think of amplified opera. That's the problem, you see. If you can just crank up the volume as high as you want, there is no need to develop the proper heavy technique, the true operatic technique.

The same newspaper has a short list of the hits of crossover, starting with the Three Tenors. This list also includes Dawn Upshaw's recording of Gorecki's Third Symphony.

I hope everyone has a happy new year.

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