re: yes and no....
Posted by: AlanScott 01:27 am EST 02/12/24
In reply to: re: yes and no.... - Chromolume 06:32 pm EST 02/11/24

I suppose if we think of Mephistopheles as a con man, a tenor makes sense, kind of like Aron in Moses und Aron.

Yes, I agree, it's a bit hard to think of Fosca as a soprano, but I wonder if Sondheim considered Clara a soprano role. Which I bring up because I wonder if when he was first writing Fosca, he planned for her to go no higher than an E or F.

Similarly, he originally thought of Dot as a soprano, and George as a baritone. And, really, George is essentially a baritone role with a high tessitura requiring a high baritone, but it also goes lower than tenor roles typically go. As does Henrik, which really is a tenor role, but I guess many Henriks sing different notes in the part of the trio where he goes low.

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