Monday, April 25, 2011

Favorite arias have changed over the years

As I was listening to our Studio Artist Auditions this Spring (excellent again this year), I was struck again how certain arias have their heydays as favorites, and then drop off, and then come back.
For instance, in recent years, Be Kind and Courteous from A Midsummer Night's Dream has become quite the favorite with sopranos, while mezzos seem to have replaced Must the Winter Come So Soon from Vanessa with Things Change Jo from Little Women.

In any case, the breadth of style and language that we hear in auditions has grown so much, and certainly outstrips what we were doing when I started auditioning......

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