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Post Golde: Vocally Demanding?
I read in an earlier thread on this board that the two most vocally demanding female roles in the show are Golde and Hodel. Hodel I agree with, but I don’t quite understand how Golde is vocally demanding.

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Post Re: Golde: Vocally Demanding?
Apples2for10 wrote:
I read in an earlier thread on this board that the two most vocally demanding female roles in the show are Golde and Hodel. Hodel I agree with, but I don’t quite understand how Golde is 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.


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The movie Golde is also dropped an octave from the stage show score.

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Post Re: Golde: Vocally Demanding?
I just recently played Golde in a production of Fiddler on the Roof at my high school. Golde does hold some notes for extended periods of time after singing a long line. So yes, in the way of breath support, it is pretty demanding. However, it is not as vocally challenging as a part like Lilli Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate, and frankly, Golde and Hodel are mainly the only women characters who sing lots.

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