- Publisher: Handel, don't write the coloratura line to look like fire.
- Handel: I'm gonna write it so it looks like fire.
- Publisher: Handel...
- Handel: Shh.
I agree with this on SO many levels but in regards to singers specializing in certain rep, I think that comes from a vocal health standpoint as well as marketability. Sometimes vocalists are discouraged from trying new things to protect their voice.
Oh definitely. Someone with Kathleen Battle’s voice should NOT ever touch Wagner with a 10 foot pole. When Graham said she was interested in Kundry, my immediate reaction was like WHAT ARE YOU DOING STOP IT. But that aside, I still think people over specialize nowadays, which is more about the problems in the industry than the actual singers.
It’s finally here guys! Sorry it’s been forever - we’ve had some hold ups. It’s got some excellent pieces and well worth the read!!
FYI - you can download the file as a PDF onto your computer.
Mandy Patinkin and Patti Lupone dressed as each other for Evita
i keep seeing this and there is never an explanation. this is wonderful. why did it happen. did they sing.
Often times, when I listen to old recordings, the first thought that comes to mind is, “Man, they don’t make singers like this anymore.” Then I have to chastise myself for thinking that. It’s not that people with the level and skill of the greats don’t exist in today’s world. The problem is that many of them won’t get the spotlight that they deserve because of the current opera industry’s obsession with young, poster-friendly singers. Also, the vocal training and super specialization of fachs have limited what singers do. If you look at Leontyne Price’s recordings, you will find every composer across the board. Many singers nowadays specialize in certain rep because it makes them more marketable, and while many singers back in the day did that as well, it certainly wasn’t as common. Singers like Price were like, fuck it I will sing it all and sing it well. We need more of that.
Okay let’s have a serious conversation about this, shall we?
"What are you diabetic about" is actually quite a sensible question if you think about. Diabetes is a disease where your body has higher than normal levels of sugar because either your body can’t produce insulin, which is required to breakdown sugar, or cells in your body have stopped responding to insulin. This means that you are diabetic about foods that have lots of sugar and will make you sick. Diabetes is either caused by your lifestyle habits or it is inherent, with genetic linkages.
Depression is like that too. Sometimes, there is an external cause, meaning you actually are depressed because of something that has happened, whether that be one thing or a culmination of many things. Any kind of trauma, whether they be emotional, psychological, or physical, if it is not dealt with the proper treatment, often leads to psychosis that presents itself as depression. Other times, there is no external cause for depression. It may be genetic, you may literally just have chemical imbalance in your brain and all you need to do is take medication for it.
One of the best treatments for depression, especially if it isn’t severe, are simple lifestyle changes, like exercising regularly. The problem is that the nature of the disease makes it extremely difficult. But I am sick of tired of posts on Tumblr that make it seem like depression is a black hole from which there is no recovery and everybody who suffers from it should just get a pat on the back and a free pass. Don’t get me wrong - I think mental illness is a serious issue that is extremely misunderstood. People seem to think that just because an illness is in your brain, that it’s not real. Fuck them.
For many people, depression can be curable. The problem is that something absurd like 40% of people either don’t have access to the proper treatment or are not receiving care. Unfortunately, for some, there is no cure, much like there is no cure for diabetes. But there are treatments to make the symptoms manageable. Depression is an awful disease to suffer from. I know from first hand experience. Because you’re not living. You’re just existing, barely surviving. The dementor’s kiss analogy that JK Rowling uses in HP is actually fairly accurate. You’re just a shell that is living and breathing but there is nothing inside. There are still days when I have to be careful to avoid triggers, though the triggers have lessened and become less severe over the years. There is so much work that needs to be done to raise awareness and break public misconception about it, but it’s not a giant black hole from which there is no recovery.
I sort of lost my point in the rant about halfway through. I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you are currently suffering from depression, it sucks balls and I am very sorry. Again, my inbox is always open for anyone who needs a safe place to talk. But also, please try and get professional help if you can. If you feel like you can’t get professional help, we can brainstorm ways.