Oliverisms from first joint MacMillan rehearsal

Some of my favorite Oliverisms from yesterday:

[To the basses barking out one of Pilate’s lines]  “That was superb!  Considering you all had NO IDEA what the pitches were.  [Laughter]  But your diction was amazing!”

“I don’t want the whole syllable — I want just the ‘st’ of ‘priest to come right on that rest.  Like you’re spitting at the composer.”

[On being asked if a marking of a crescendo from mezzoforte to mezzopiano in the score was meant to be a subito piano…]  “Well, it surprised the hell out of me!”

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