I heard this phrase a few times today. It was never said in a mean or negative way, but usually addressed to someone absent from rehearsal who then had their part reassigned to someone present. As the beneficiary of a few of these reassignments (I am now the 3rd Sister and The Novice in Suor Angelica) I don’t feel bad for their original owners, if the characters had any. In this extremely fluid Festival, schedules change, parts change, singers change but the music goes on and everyone works toward that goal because it is so important to all of us.
As I sit here printing 4 copies of Pagliacci’s Ensemble parts (some girls paid me to print out there parts–works for me!), I can’t help but thinking how some of my new miniassignments will never be missed by their original assignees. There are no small time actors here, desperately clinging to their bit parts; and with the pace and busyness of this festival I am sure no one misses the extra load.
“The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.” ~ Pearl S. Buck