Operatic posturesThe adjustment of voice to role in the interpretation work of a solo singer
An interactionist definition of work as the adjustment between competence and roles is the base of our study on operatic interpretation. The analysis of our empirical material – interviews with the solo singers and published sources – clearly shows a vast process of mutual determination during which a voice is constructed around a particular job and development of an operatic role according to the competence of the artist. This process of adjustment is the result of an operatic posture adopted by the singer during the « production ». The operatic interpretation takes on its different forms as a result of interactions built up between the singer and other members of the « production » ; it varies according to the characteristics and interrelations of the three dimensions – vocal, musical and drama – of the posture, and in relation to the resolution given to the tensions which go through it.