March 13, 2017

CHIAROSCURO: Bright and Dark. The result of  laryngeal source and the resonating system interacting in such a way as to present a spectrum of harmonics perceived by the listener as a resonant BALANCED VOCAL QUALITY.  #openthroat

The first time the term CHIAROSCURO appears is in 1774 in Mancini's treatise "Pract...

March 11, 2017


Guide to Operatic Roles and Arias, Boldrey 

The Art of the Song recital, Emmons and Sontag

Researching the Song, Emmons and Lewis

Song, a Guide to Art Song, Style, and Literature, Carol Kimball 

Word by Word Translations of Songs and Arias, Berton Coffin

An Interpretive Guide to Operatic Arias, Martial Singher


March 11, 2017

This photo is from Opera Atilier, a company who specializes in baroque opera based in Toronto Canada. They are awesome and produce stunning shows! Check them out: 

The opera story begins in 17th century Rome and Venice, but lets go back a little bit before then with...

March 10, 2017

Hello All, 

 I just realized that I some how turned on some switch that emails you every time I post something. I greatly apologize for this! I have turned it off and you will not longer receive any emails about my blog post after this. If you want to keep reading what I am writing, feel free to visit my website and...

March 10, 2017

Vocal music forms from driest  (the least amount of accompaniment) to the fullest (the most amount of accompaniment)  are as follows: 

Secco Recitative

Accompagnato Recitative 





Recitative is a style of Monody (accompanied solo song) that is brought to life when the proper tex...

March 10, 2017


October 19, 1814 

is considered the birth of romantic lied, when 16 year old Franz Schubert composed Gretchen am Spinnrade. Also at this time, developments in the piano lead to a more diverse palate of sounds. (Ooo la la!)  

Beethoven (1770 - 1827) 

Considered the firs...

March 9, 2017

The Development of German lieder can be traced back to the 9th Century, but "Ain't nobody got time for dat" that right now... So here we go. 


The beginnings of the Lied starts circa 1150 with the Minnesingers. Minnesingers wrote verse and song on the subject of courtly love. There are actually several operas wri...

March 8, 2017

This blog is an attempt to study for my qualifying exams. Being an active performer, my evenings are often spent in rehearsals. Evenings are also when most study groups meet. Being unable to join them, I have been lacking in discussion of information. I realized that blogging about this information is more interact...

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