RSV books give you full vocal score but I've found trying to be 100% exact to the score greatly detracts from my performance, especially if I try to emulate the original artist. Their nuances of expression don't work when I try to copy them, their performance isn't 100% exactly what the score notates anyway, etc.
However I've never done anything like this before, in fact the only singing from score I've done is Christmas carols where you do try to be very precise, but that's different to covering another artist's song. So I've no idea to what degree the examiner is marking me on performance Vs exactly getting every semi-quaver exactly perfect?
Can anyone who has taken, or been an examiner, answer this? I'm not talking about changing the melody line, just nuances of inflection as I sing the song to suit my own voice and style... would a drab but technically note-perfect performance with a dull tone score better or worse than an authentic, emotive one where I stretch the timing slightly on some notes for emphasis (as an example)?