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re: I'm confused. Does anyone actually WANT to see opera stars perform musicals?
Posted by: Snowysdad 11:37 am EDT 07/30/20
In reply to: re: I'm confused. Does anyone actually WANT to see opera stars perform musicals? - Snowysdad 07:04 pm EDT 07/29/20

While away for a period the perfect example came into my head, June Bronhill. From Australia she had a major career in London and her homeland in operetta mostly with forays either way into opera and musicals (the original Elizabeth Browning in Robert and Elizabeth). I am totally enamored with her voice and picked up a compilation set of live excerpts to better study her. There are quite a lot of opera performances (Gilda in Rigoletto, Mary in Maria Stuarda, Constanza in Abduction from the Seraglio). Never is she awful and I think listening I can glean that her acting in these roles was excellent, but she never convinces me that she is born to this facht, always more provincial than first tier. Once she is back on operetta turf she is extraordinary. Her Merry Widow, although in English stands up well to well seasoned European divas such as Schwarzkopf (never one of my favorite sopranos). The amplitude of the voice just belongs in operetta and musicals that call for operetta singing. Even though she was a coloratura, she sang The Mother Superior to Petula Clark's Maria as well as someone else in her homeland and did so with aplomb.
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