Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A blast from the past

There's a fun little book called Caruso and Tetrazzini on the Art of Singing, and I have no idea whether it's still in print. But it's fun to see how ideas about singing have changed (or not?) over the years -

Here's a little nugget from Signor Caruso's section:

"Others, who have keen and alert minds and voices of fine quality, yet lack that certain esprit and broadness of musical outlook required in a great artist. This lack is often so apparent in the person's manner or bearing that I am tempted to tell him it is no use before he utters a note. Yet it would not do to refuse a hearing to all these misfits, for there is always the chance of encountering the unknown genius, however rare a bird he may be".

Interesting take, don't you think?

1 comment:

  1. I certainly have seen lots of auditions where the outcome could be accurately predicted the moment the singer stepped in the room, and I have also seen the rare exception. Excellent quote.