Out Of The Pits

Why is it that some opera houses support and enhance the singers and others muffle them? Why do pit orchestras overwhelm singers in some houses, while too weak in others? In many halls, dead spots occur in some seats where the brass and percussion are all too prominent and the strings are strangely absent. The balcony may sound alive and clear, but in the orchestra seats, the sound is so distant and flat.

Most opera companies struggle with facilities that were built decades ago to ser

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