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I've never seen this symbol before, but according to Dolmetsch, this triangle indicates: strongly accented then immediate diminuendo It's worth nothing that the example they give is also from Rossini, in his overture to Il signor Bruschino: And this discussion on a Finale forum indicates that Rossini makes triangles of many of his crescendo and ...


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No. Firstly, often auditions are for specific roles, so at that level, it could be possible that the "best" singers all happen to be auditioning for a supporting role. Further, who's to say that a member of the chorus isn't actually a better singer than the lead, but just doesn't yet have the experience, clout, or name recognition to get lead ...


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By "original Russian," I assume you mean one using Russian/Cyrillic script? If so, for cases like this I find it's easier to search the title in the original language. Thus an Internet search for "boris godunov libretto" may not find what you're looking for, but using some high-level sleuthing (that is, Wikipedia), you can replace "...


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TL;DR: Just skim the headings. The rest is sourced quotations supporting each point. Is the premise valid? Yes Few famous conductors have worked in dance with any frequency over the last half century. [1] Other quotations below support this as well. Limited control The conductor is often secondary to the choreographer and there may be multiple conductors ...


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Yes, the numbering restarts at the beginning of each act. This is standard across all subgenres of opera. But intra-act numbering conventions vary depending on the style. If it's a number opera, the measure numbering restarts at the beginning of each number. But if we're looking at a continuous single act (like those in Wagner, for example), then the ...


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The Russian libretto for Boris Godunov (which is to say, "Борис Годунов") is available online here: http://musorgskiy1839.narod.ru/boris.htm. Full scores and parts are available on IMSLP.


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Singers could use the full score if they wanted to. Normally they use a so-called vocal score which has all the vocal parts and a piano reduction of the orchestra (used for rehearsals). For some works still under copyright the vocal scores are sold and for others they are rented out and tightly controlled, everybody has to return their score at the end of ...


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Are you sure that chiaroscuro necessarily relates to vocal timbre? Do you have a source that specifically makes that connection? I ask because, in my experience, chiaroscuro pertained to other elements of the composition and production. Most specifically, it pertains to the relationship between the more neutral (and perhaps static) recitative and the more ...


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Opera singers get books called "Vocal Scores" that contain the libretto (lyrics) and melody for each character. It also includes music for a piano accompaniment. Often, opera singers learning a part will not sing with the full orchestra until very late in the process, often only once or twice (during a dress rehearsal) right before the performance. ...


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You seem to be assuming a closed community, like an amateur dramatic society, where all casting is done from a pool of members. In this situation I have seen lead parts be allocated on seniority. I have known a published rule that new members are not eligible for lead parts. And, where there are more than one such group in an area, I have seen complaints ...


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My mother was a ballet dancer and said that on one occasion the conductor was Thomas Beecham. She told me it was terrible - he only cared for the music and wasn't interested in the fact that dancers are constrained by things like gravity and mass. And that's the problem with ballet - the conductor is effectively just there to keep the orchestra in time with ...


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Well what an interesting question. At first I was unsure that it was actually the case but a quick survey of who conducts for various ballet companies and on various tours suggests - to me anyway - that the OP has a point. I think this will end up being too opinion based but my thinking is as follows. For most orchestral concerts the conductor is "top ...


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