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.