Overview

"Opera Coaching "is the first practical guide for pianists, singers, and opera producers to this important--and often neglected--career. The opera coach is a teacher who helps singers not only meet the physical and vocal demands of a score, but--like the dramatic coach--shapes their entire performance. The opera coach must have a wide knowledge, from a full understanding of human physiognomy and the human voice, to the many languages used in Western vocal music, to the entire expanse of the opera repertoire, from its roots in 17th century sung

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Opera Coaching

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Overview

"Opera Coaching "is the first practical guide for pianists, singers, and opera producers to this important--and often neglected--career. The opera coach is a teacher who helps singers not only meet the physical and vocal demands of a score, but--like the dramatic coach--shapes their entire performance. The opera coach must have a wide knowledge, from a full understanding of human physiognomy and the human voice, to the many languages used in Western vocal music, to the entire expanse of the opera repertoire, from its roots in 17th century sung drama through today's most modern compositions. "Opera Coaching "covers all of these topics and more, making it the ideal resource for anyone interested in this fascinating career.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135499716
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/7/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Knowing the score 3
Ch. 2 Recitatives : practical methods for teaching them 21
Interlude 1 : decorum 31
Ch. 3 Planning coaching sessions, playing staging rehearsals, and following a conductor 33
Ch. 4 The stage director's perspective 41
Ch. 5 The art of auditioning 55
Interlude 2 : dealing with the diva/divo 71
Interlude 3 : comparing composer styles 77
Ch. 6 Baroque operas and Mozart 81
Interlude 4 : the issue of straight tones 97
Ch. 7 The Bel Canto movement 101
Interlude 5 : "park and bark" 111
Ch. 8 Verdi 113
Interlude 6 : the vanishing of large voices 123
Ch. 9 French opera 127
Ch. 10 Mussorgsky and the Russians 135
Ch. 11 Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss 139
Ch. 12 Puccini and the Verismo school 153
Ch. 13 Operettas 157
Ch. 14 Benjamin Britten and other modern composers 161
Interlude 7 : opera in translation 169
Ch. 15 Conclusions 173
App. A A list of vocal Fachs and their roles 175
App. B Notable and recommended editions 183
App. C Favorite catch phrases 191
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