I was always taught that the choice of Germanic or Italianate Latin is determined by the nationality of the composer. The exception would be composers AFTER the pope's letter on CHURCH LATIN (Italianate).

What is the consensus of conductors?

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    There is no consensus. It is a very controversial question. – phoog Mar 11 at 3:47
  • I rather doubt many conductors give a rat's patootie as to what some pope wrote. Beside that, you might consider that operas are very often sung in the language of the country where they're being performed rather than the original language. Pronunciation can be handled similarly. – Carl Witthoft Mar 11 at 13:19
  • And because I can't resist -- how about Pig Latin? – Carl Witthoft Mar 11 at 13:19
  • Excuse my ignorance of Latin, but what does it matter what the conductor thinks? It seems to me all that matters is what the composer wrote, unless this is a question of pronunciation. – Richard Mar 11 at 18:01
  • @Richard i believe the question is entirely one of pronunciation. – Carl Witthoft Mar 12 at 12:56

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