The Opera Singer's Career Guide: Understanding the European Fach System [NOOK Book]

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Any singer longing to have a career in opera, particularly in Europe, should be familiar with the European system of classifying voices know as Fach. The Opera Singer's Career Guide: Understanding the European Fach System presents valuable information to help readers learn, understand, and use the Fach system to their professional advantage. More than just soprano, alto, tenor, or bass, students and professionals alike should know the 25 different Fach categories fully defined here, along with the examples of ...
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Overview

Any singer longing to have a career in opera, particularly in Europe, should be familiar with the European system of classifying voices know as Fach. The Opera Singer's Career Guide: Understanding the European Fach System presents valuable information to help readers learn, understand, and use the Fach system to their professional advantage. More than just soprano, alto, tenor, or bass, students and professionals alike should know the 25 different Fach categories fully defined here, along with the examples of roles, audition arias, and European opera houses and agents provided. Based on careful research and personal experience, singer and teacher Pearl Yeadon McGinnis describes the features, characteristics, and benefits ofthe Fach system, including voice categorization and classification and using Fach to train the young voice. She provides practical information on maintaining a career in opera, such as the different types, procedures, and pitfalls of opera auditions; types of opera contracts and contract negotiations; and the value of networking. She explains the different styles of European opera houses and gives an example of life in a state level German opera house, including the various performance spaces,the makeup and responsibilities of an ensemble, and the jobs and functions of opera house personnel. A glossary and several appendixes supply tools for auditioning, such as newly classified roles for Children, Lyric, and Beginner singers; roles for the established Fach categories; lists of opera agents and houses in the German speaking countries; and suggested audition arias by Fach. In addition, practical details are offered about establishing and maintaining residency in Europe, obtaining permission to live and work in Europe, and helpful hints about customs and travel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810869165
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/12/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,264,357
  • File size: 618 KB

Meet the Author

Pearl Yeadon McGinnis (1943-2007) was professor of music and the director of Opera Workshop at Missouri State University. Dr. Yeadon is the author of The Solo Vocal Music of American Composer John La Montaine: Compositions for Voice on Piano (2004).

Marith McGinnis Willis is an actress, singer, director, and vocal instructor. She collaborated with her sister on a series of benefit concerts and currently sings with Cantate Carlisle.
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Table of Contents

Foreword

Foreword Karen Bureau Bureau, Karen

Editor's Preface Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander

Author's Acknowledgments Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander

Editor's Acknowledgments Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander

Introduction Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander

1 The Fach System Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 1

2 Fach Categories Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 17

3 Using Fach to Train Young Voices Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 47

4 The European Opera House Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 61

5 Opera House Organization Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 71

6 Auditioning Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 89

7 Contracts and Casting Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 115

8 Official Requirements Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 131

9 Life in the Opera House Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 137

10 Maintaining a Career Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 149

11 Living in Europe Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 163

Finale Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 175

Appendixes Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander

A Agencies Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 177

B European Opera Houses (Austria, Germany, Switzerland) Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 185

C Opera Title Abbreviations Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 189

D Opera Roles for Children, Young Lyrics, and Beginners (Anfangerin) Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 193

E Opera Roles by Fach Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 227

F Suggested Audition Arias Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 277

Glossary Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 305

Bibliography Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 313

Index Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 315

About the Author and the Editor Alexander Senger Senger, Alexander 325

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