Thursday, June 10, 2010

Conducting Bel Canto

This is how you do it. Now try to picture him giving her a cutoff. The mind boggles. La Traviata is about as close to bel canto as Verdi gets.

My friends complain that they don't know what a cutoff is. Around 2:01-02 he is giving one to the orchestra with his left hand.  It means stop singing or playing.

I want to answer my own question. He would not consider giving her a cutoff because she is paying not the slightest attention to him. Nor should she.

This post is an afterthought to the post about Leonard Slatkin conducting Angela Gheorghiu found here.

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