Friday, May 21, 2010

Szot and Gunn Talk Acting

[Photo of Nathan Gunn by Clive Barda]

BACKSTAGE magazine, which is a resource for actors, has written a fascinating article about opera singers and acting. Barihunks Paulo Szot and Nathan Gunn are featured prominently and they discuss their very different approaches to acting on the opera stage.

Here are two excerpts:

...Gunn attempts to make eye contact with his partner. This will sometimes help the other actor focus on the dramatic moment rather than on the quality of the sounds coming out of his or her mouth.

[Photo of Paulo Szot by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera]

[Szot] says his experimentation with musical theater has taught him to be more fearless as a performer: "There are things you learn about yourself and the character that you can only experience by doing a show eight times a week for a long time."

You can read the entire article HERE.

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