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Dear Signore Donizetti e Romani,

This will be the last time. Really and truly. But I just have to state my decided opinion that you put WAY TOO MANY SYLLABLES on one very short note in way too many instances in this opera.

Yes, I know you only had two weeks to write it. That is no excuse. Neither is the fact that there aren't very many consonants in the way.

I swear I'm going to sprain my tongue before this ball of fluff is done. In Italian. Which is just NOT A HARD LANGUAGE. At anything resembling a human rate of speed, that is.

Yours wearily,

In all seriousness, it's actually going quite well, although the above is making memorization a bit trickier than I'm used to. We had all the principals today, which rocked. Giannetta is freakin' adorable. And Dulcamara was our Yamadori in Butterfly, and besides having a helluva voice, he's a good actor, a nice guy, and a comics geek. (So was our Bonze. We had some backstage conversations that confused the snot out of people.) Nemorino and Belcore I haven't really met, but both sound great and seem cool. Solange is Adina, and she's, well, Solange. Which is generally a good thing if her head isn't exploding from trying to keep track of too many things. (It amuses the heck out of me that I actually got away with dedicating "This Place Is Mine" to her at the holiday party, and managed to spin it into a plug for volunteering while I was at it. "We don't want her to end up like this!")

Staging rehearsals, here we come!



( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
You reminded me of the line in Amadeus about Mozart's music having "too many notes".

If you find your weekend, let me know. I think mine went to the same place.
Jan. 7th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
*chuckle* Love that line. Love that movie. Less fond of the play, curiously, but then I've never seen it produced.

I've only done a couple Mozart arias, and no chorus stuff, so maybe my sampling is off. But I swear he didn't do nearly as much cramming articles and conjunctions in with syllables of other words. Or even both -- there are a few places where you have, f'rinstance, the last syllable of a longer word and "e il" all supposed to happen on one sixteenth note! %-}

Edited at 2008-01-07 05:14 pm (UTC)
Jan. 7th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
"he didn't do nearly as much cramming articles and conjunctions in with syllables of other words"

That's because he had enough notes to go around.
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