A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from December 04, 2022
Sitzprobe (sitting rehearsal)

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Wikipedia: Sitzprobe
In opera and musical theatre, a sitzprobe (from the German for seated rehearsal) is a rehearsal where the singers sing with the orchestra, focusing attention on integrating the two groups. It is often the first rehearsal where the orchestra and singers rehearse together. The equivalent Italian term is prova all’italiana.

(Oxford English Dictionary)
Sitzprobe, n.
Forms:  also with lower-case initial.
Origin: A borrowing from German. Etymon: German Sitzprobe.
Etymology: < German Sitzprobe (late 19th cent. or earlier) < sitz- , combining form of sitzen sit v. + Probe probe n.
In opera and musical theatre: the first rehearsal where the singers and the full orchestra perform together, without sets or costumes, and with the singers seated on the stage.
1963 Guardian 14 Aug. 6/6 This week’s bulletin of rehearsal calls reads like Part II Orders.., with ‘Sitzprobe’ (rehearsal without stage movement) of this, alternating with dress parade for that.
1984 N. John Opera iii. 23/2 After one or two rehearsals for the orchestra alone, the singers will be called for a sitzprobe (sitting rehearsal).

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Another term with German origins, sitzprobe translates to “seated rehearsal.” This is typically the first rehearsal when the orchestra and the cast sing through the show in its entirety while sitting at music stands. A wandelprobe is a similar rehearsal, joining the instrumentalists and onstage performers, but as the actors wander through their blocking on stage.

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