Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Quote of the Day

“[Gunn] believes that musical theater performers can learn from opera singers about being more attentive to the 'musical requests' of a composer. But he also believes the opera world can take a page from musicals. Musical theatre people, he says, 'don’t really care so much if you have to change a note or transpose something or get rid of a couple of measures. the point is to tell the story. Period. And I think opera can learn from that – that that is the point of all this music-making.'"

Nathan Gunn  from Spotlight on Singing & Music, "Voice 10, acting…10, The New Breed of Opera Stars Who Work on Their Characterizations" by Mark Dundas Wood,  5/20-26, 2010 issue of Backstage  (the article also focuses on Angela Brown, Paulo Szot, and Linda Watson)

Pictured is Nathan Gunn with Patricia Racette and Susan Graham, from one of my favorite theatrical pieces: the opera of  An American Tragedy by composer Tobias Picker, libretto by Gene Scheer, based on the Theodore Dreiser novel. 

(photo by Sara Krulwich/The New York Times)

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