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19 Sep 2007

S.F. Opera's German diction coach, 91, speaks from experience

Petra Maria Schnitzer (Elisabeth)(Photo by Terrence McCarthy)
Joshua Kosman [SF Chronicle, 16 September 2007]

When "Tannhäuser" opens at the San Francisco Opera on Tuesday night, take a good listen to the words - not just Wagner's intricately patterned poetry itself, but the precision and clarity with which the singers deliver it. Then offer a silent tip of the hat to Nora Norden, whose job is to make sure the German text emerges cleanly.

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