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Keeping It Together On Stage
The greatest challenge to an opera chorus performing on
stage is faithfully following the conductor’s tempo at all times.
Here are some tips to help the professional opera chorister do just that.
The chorus, however, always fails to make this adjustment and erroneously interprets downbeats as downbeats. This is why whenever the conductor detects a tempo disparity between orchestra and chorus, the chorus is always at fault. Misinterpreting downbeats as downbeats causes the chorus to sing half a beat ahead of the orchestra. Fortunately for the chorus, sound takes time to travel from the stage to the orchestra pit, so depending on the tempo of the music and the relative humidity of the air in the theater, the delayed sound of the chorus may reach the pit at the same time as the orchestra plays the corresponding chord, and thus the chorus error frequently escapes criticism.