Masterclass Monday: Gene Kelly’s Performance Of Singing In The Rain

It is very fitting that the first three letters in Gene Kelly’s name mirror the first three letters in the word “genius”.

Because, yes indeed, his performance of “Singing In The Rain” was pure, unbridled genius.

Choreographed by Gene himself, he captured the emotion of the moment so very well through his expansive body language and facial expressions. His passion and joy for dance was clearly evident in this number.

His wonderful use of space, formulated by his decision to let the camera be the eye of the viewer, was and still is innovative and ground-breaking.

The dimensional aspects of this number are wonderfully broad and captivating, almost difficult to summarize in mere words. One has to visually take in the glory and passion of this number to fully understand the brilliance of this performance.

Which of today’s performers capture the essence of Gene Kelly Or is that performance era gone forever?

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

6 Responses to “Masterclass Monday: Gene Kelly’s Performance Of Singing In The Rain”

  1. Not only was Gene Kelly a brilliant and interpretive dancer,but he was a good actor. This is one of my favourite movie musical performances of that era,and there certainly were alot of great moments.
    I don’t know if anyone remembers that Kurt Browning did the exact same routine for his CBC TV special You Must Remember This,back in the mid-nineties. It was choreographed exactly like the original,except it was skated instead of danced. Apparently Kurt’s manager sent a copy of the tape to Gene Kelly himself, who was,it is rumoured VERY impressed by what Kurt had done to his most acclaimed performance. Masterclass Lady,if you could find YouTube of that it would be great to post it to compare between the two.


  2. Oh my Vocab – I must and will hunt this down. Thanks for the “heads-up”. It sounds wonderful. 🙂


  3. Gene Kelly is one of my all time favorite performers, and I can’t watch this number enough times. The whole movie is a delight–and many early movie musicals had wonderful song-and-dance numbers but the less said about their books the better! However, Singin’ in the Rain has a funny and delightful script as well as the wonderful dance numbers, courtesy of Comden and Green.

    As to whether there are any performers like Kelly nowadays–well. Kelly not only acted, sang, danced, and choreographed, but he was a wonderful director as well, and not just in his pioneering work on musical numbers. Not much work for such a performer today in the movie world!


  4. Yes, I agree ReReader. It seems that his level of talent is unreachable today. The passion and work ethic is not as prevalent today as in years past. There are exceptions but I have rarely seen personal evidence of these exceptions.


  5. The only one that I can think of is Tommy Tune (although he focused on live theater) but of course he’s not actively working now, not that I know of.

    (And Gene Kelly directed Tommy Tune in Hello, Dolly!)


  6. Oh yes, I forgot about Tommy Tune. Another incredible artist is Sammy Davis Jr. – he could do it all and was born with these gifts. As far as I know, he had very little training.


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