Date: Sat, 7 May 1994 11:06:45 EST From: "Nancy C. Elliott" Subject: accent on stage The only time I ever heard RP referred to as a bad accent: A few years ago our university opera company gave a performance starring a British voice professor. Being Mozart, the opera had a few spoken lines here and there. A local reviewer complained, apparently not knowing that the singer WAS English. He wrote that the performer 'unfortunately...spoke his lines in a laughable British accent.' Indeed, as soon as this British singer had uttered his first spoken lines on stage, I heard members of the audience giggle. (Perhaps they were associating his speech with Monty Python...) The other members of the cast sounded 'normal': Indianan. Nancy Elliott Indiana University