Operatic voices can be classified by a variety of means. At base we define singers by the vocal range of their voice basically what notes they can sing , but opera has developed a range of conventions for grouping singers with particular vocal styles as well. The German Fach system is the predominant one and the one we cover here. This system gets pretty specific so frequently singers will sing across the sub-classifications, for example, a singer might sing a lyric tenor role one month and a spinto tenor one the next. The soprano is the highest female voice type and they often take the leading female role.
It was commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera and was premiered there on 25 July The opera is based on The Letter , a play adapted by W. Somerset Maugham from one of his short stories. The play has been filmed twice. The first version, called The Letter , was made in and starred Jeanne Eagels.
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