It is important to analyse the performances of established and recognised
opera singers, to see how their performances of arias differ in the two contexts. Using http://www.youtube.com, although it was very difficult to find the same singer performing the same aria in the two contexts, I wanted to use youtube as I had observed its ubiquitous use amongst singers of my acquaintance, far more than DVDs. Kiri Te Kanawa and Angela Gheorghiu both have the required footage which I analysed for differences. In short, the singers do use some elements of characterisation in a concert version of an aria that they would use in a staged performance in concert, but scale it down for the concert platform.
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