Re: Golde: Vocally Demanding?
Maria Karnilova, the OBC Golde (she died in 2001), sounded like a soprano, very much like Julia Migenes-Johnson, the OBC Hodel. Neither of their movie counterparts, Norma Crane and Michele Marsh respectively, were singers at all. Both used a speak-singing style called Sprachsingen
, usually associated with Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady
(see that forum for more). I would guess it depends on each individual director and the available cast for different roles. Golde's major singing number is Do You Love Me?
, plus bits and pieces of several other songs.