ain't baroque! :||
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Aliens are better at arias

Of course, we knew that.

In Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novel Maskerade, Agnes Nitt auditions for the Ankh-Morpork opera company and shows off a range spanning from the lowest to the highest octave. The evaluation committee asks her if that’s her full range. No, she says, but if I go any higher I break things, and if I go any lower people get uncomfortable.

Let’s imagine, for a moment, that human voices had no rhythmic or tonal limits. How do you think opera would change? Often the singer indicates the part — the soprano plays the ingenue, for example, and the tenor the hero. But now anyone can sing any part; hell, the soprano can sing the tenor’s part if she wants.

And another thought — how often do you think a composer thinks, I know what I want to do with the voice; how often do you think he thinks, I know what I want to do with the voice but it simply cannot be done?

Oh, and! Techno opera! Someone should get on this.

Where did this post start, again? Right, aliens.


About Jenn

Despite being the former digital marketing intern at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jenn German does not like Mozart. Beethoven could've totally beaten him up. Also she has an arts management graduate degree from American University, but this changes nothing.


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