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re: I'm confused. Does anyone actually WANT to see opera stars perform musicals?
Posted by: Snowysdad 07:04 pm EDT 07/29/20
In reply to: I'm confused. Does anyone actually WANT to see opera stars perform musicals? - GrumpyMorningBoy 01:00 pm EDT 07/29/20

Too much to lump into one basket, sir. The musicals from an earlier era were conceived for legit voices who could sing without mics but not opera voices. The line between the two was thin in those days but it was there. Alfred Drake (Oklahoma, Kiss Me Kate, Kismet) also had a minor opera career although in my opinion he was second rate as an opera baritone (just not enough meat on the bones of the voice) for opera but one of the greats for musicals of the era. That era extends beyond but for sure includes The Most Happy Fella. I defy anyone who is not a robust opera baritone to satisfactorily encompass Tony, but the rest of the parts don't particularly require opera voices except maybe Marie. About late 60s everything got mic'd and I have to agree with you somewhat that opera voices are over ripe for these shows with the exception of Sweeny where Bryn Terfel tore through it like blazes, sorry if you don't agree. I totally agree that casting Billy Bigelow with an opera singer is a major mistake. If you think Nathan Gunn isn't perfect casting, listen to the recording with Barbara Cook as Julie and Samuel Ramey Billy. Talk about badly cast!!!!! The opera voices could cross over to pop music satisfactorily if like me you value musical values over lyrics to some extent (Eileen Farrell, Dorothy Kirstin) but neither lady should or did have a career on the musical comedy stage.
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