I first encountered the "singing actor/actress" concept while exploring the music of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. Weill preferred operatic singers in general, according to the Kurt Weill Foundation. Paradoxically, he fell in love with and promoted Lotte Lenya, who was anything but an operatic style singer. The singing actor/actress emotes through the music and will bend or change a note if it furthers the interpretation. An operatic or classically trained singer cannot avail themselves of this opportunity. They are just another instrument to the composer and their ability to interpret the music is more tightly circumscribed. The singing actor/actress will even break into pitched speaking or plain speaking if the contrast and dynamic range brings the audience's attention to something they might otherwise ignore if the singer stuck to a constant melody. I guess you can tell that I prefer this type of singing as well.Back to Dolores Gray LPs
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