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Offline Dimple

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Opera History and the High Note
« on: May 04, 2022, 01:18:04 PM »
I was wondering about Opera History and the High Note.

Was there a competition between the opera composers to include arias with higher and higher notes to sort of Wow the audience?

I tried to do a google search and couldn't find what I was looking for?

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Re: Opera History and the High Note
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2022, 09:37:45 PM »
Interesting question, I was certainly impressed by higher and higher notes when listening to heavy metal. 8)

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Re: Opera History and the High Note
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2022, 01:57:28 AM »
There was certainly a competition between singers to wow the audience with high notes and they frequently included high notes not written by the composer.

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Re: Opera History and the High Note
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2022, 02:55:27 AM »
That would make sense Biffo, because if a composer wrote something that was too high for most singers it wouldn't get performed very much. :-[

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Re: Opera History and the High Note
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2022, 04:23:13 AM »
That would make sense Biffo, because if a composer wrote something that was too high for most singers it wouldn't get performed very much. :-[

In the 18th and 19th century composers often wrote roles for a specific singer, if the singer couldn't manage it the composer simply rewrote the part.

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Re: Opera History and the High Note
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2022, 04:40:40 AM »
I thought I heard during a lecture, that chasing the opera high note became a thing after Mozart's Magic Flute? But I don't know the history.

It was singers and not composers that pushed the high notes?

Is there an article on the subject? There has to be a history that evolves from Mozart to the highest note ever performed in an opera.