Cacciaguida

Defending the 12th century since the 14th; blogging since the 21st.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008
 
Soprano Christine Brewer has a voice critics have described as "brilliant" and "golden," yet she admits that her mind sometimes drifts during long performances.

In the middle of a recent five-hour production of Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" at the San Francisco Opera, the 52-year-old singer started daydreaming and lost her place. She got excited, she says, then sped up and began singing the lines of her co-star, who started cracking up.

WSJ on why "prompters," though rarer than they once were, are still necessary.

(And we thought the Met had problems with TRISTAN....)