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  •  in Handel's time, that would have been..... (0+ / 0-)

    .....the case, yes, about a castrato singing the role of Cesare.  Later, of course, mezzos and contraltos took on those parts after the days of castrati had passed (thank dog for that).  But if you're not used to a countertenor, it can be disconcerting at first.  In some fairness to OTSL, over the years, featuring countertenors seems to be no big deal.

    But with baroque opera, for me, the sheer repetition of the trills and ornamentation get at me.  I kind of want the action, such as it is, to get on with it, even if opera is never really about the plot.

    "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

    by chingchongchinaman on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 07:01:03 PM PDT

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    •  Actually, the ornamentation in the return of the A (1+ / 0-)
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      sections was quite beautiful. David Daniel's voice, however, was not strong compared to the two other countertenors. Yes as to Dessay.

      •  I'm sure the ornamentation was well done; it's.... (0+ / 0-)

        ......just that it really is for show and not drama.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 10:03:49 PM PDT

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