S.F. Opera’s German diction coach, 91, speaks from experience

Petra Maria Schnitzer (Elisabeth)(Photo by Terrence McCarthy)
Joshua Kosman [SF Chronicle, 16 September 2007]
When “Tannh‰user” opens at the San Francisco Opera on Tuesday night, take a good listen to the words – not just Wagner’s intricately patterned poetry itself, but the precision and clarity with which the singers deliver it. Then offer a silent tip of the hat to Nora Norden, whose job is to make sure the German text emerges cleanly.