I am working on a Release of an opera. The opera release comes with a Booklet, which lists the 59 tracks on the Release’s 3 CDs, but does not specify which of the 9 singers and choruses sang on each track.
I want to enter performance credits for these singers. What is an appropriate way to do so? Should I:
- Guess at who sings when, based on the work parts related to each track/recording and with reference to the score? What evidence is good enough to justify that guess?
- Relate performance of singers to the Release, rather than to Recordings? (Based on the idea that it is better to document that I’m not sure than to claim something I don’t know.)
- Relate performance of conductor and orchestra to every track/recording, because it is a good guess that they actually were performing for each one? (This actually seems quite reasonable to me.)
- Relate all singers to all tracks/recordings? (Based on a policy that over-crediting is better than under-crediting.)
It would be a lot easier to guess which performers are related to which tracks/recordings if I could look up which characters performed on each Work-part. Each track is related to the appropriate Work parts. If work ‘Acte V Trio “Loin de la ville”’ is written for the roles Berthe, Fides, and Jean; and if those roles are sung by Scotto, Horne, and McCracken on this Release, and CD 3 Track 15 is a Recording of part of that Work, I can justify crediting those three singers on that track/recording. It isn’t solid: maybe one of them isn’t involved in the part of the Work covered by the Recording.
But in any event, the Work parts do not have that information. I just finished entering 53 Work parts under the Acts of the Work for the opera overall, by reading through a vocal score, IMSLP43746-PMLP68452. The names of those Work parts are based on the Classical Style Guide for Works.
I have seen some people append the characters involved in a work part, in parentheses, at the end of the Work part name. The CSG for Works is silent about this practice. I did not do so, but I could.
- Is it desirable to add role names to Work part names? If so, is it worth promoting a CSG proposal to document this?
- Is it desirable to document which role is involved in each Work part through the Work’s Annotation? If so, are there Works which are role models (pun not intended) for doing this well?
- Is there some other way to document which role is involved in each Work part, other than the Work part names or the Work’s Annotation?