So maybe SF Opera’s Elixir isn’t any faster than ours. Hmmm. I had assumed it would be, but Not For Fun Only says it’s on the slow side. In the comments somewhere at Opera Tattler she also said the tempi weren’t all that speedy. I don’t go to hear and see the production until after ours is over, but I was expecting very quick tempi. Maybe I’m the only one who wants it to fly …?

Actually, our performance last night seemed zippier to me. Maybe the maestro wanted things peppier too? I’m sure one has to have balance — keeping it alive but not killing the singers. The thing is quite easy for us to play — okay, at least for the oboes; I can’t speak for other sections — and fast can be quite fun with Donizetti.

4 Comments

  1. You don’t have to worry about words! :-)

    If we do “fralieti concenti giocondo brigata vogliamo contenti passar la giornata presente alla festa amore sara” etc. any faster I’ll pass out.

    (That’d be the first act finale, by the way.)

  2. Yep, that much I know, Mike! I can’t imagine singing this stuff, that’s for sure.

    I just love peppy tempi. I guess I should write a poem about it and shut up, eh? ;-)

    There are a few places (not with the chorus) that are at this awkward tempo that makes it very difficult to tongue. If it were slower OR faster it would work, but where it’s at right now makes it incredibly difficult. Ah well. I’ll suffer. I’ll suffer in silence. ;-)

  3. And of course I have no idea what it’s like to tongue an oboe. And there’s at least one principal who I think takes his or her arias at too slow a tempo (forcing the conductor to follow him/her instead of the other way around). But that’s as specific as I’m going to get!

  4. Heh … tonguing on oboe is fine for me, as long as we never do La Scala di Seta. Then I’m sunk. That needs to be double tongued, which is something I’ve just never learned to do. Sigh. I actually love most fast tonguing tunes. :-)

    I do get frustrated when a conductor follows a singer so much that we start to drag. Sigh. But, like you, I’m not gonna name names!

    And, really, I do love this group and enjoy it tremendously. It’s my first love, really … aside from GOING to things where I’m not working! ;-)