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The Empty Voice: Acting Opera. 9781574671957

The Empty Voice: Acting Opera

; Amadeus Press. 2011

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  • EAN: 9781574671957
  • ISBN: 978-1-5746-7195-7
  • Editorial: Amadeus Press
  • Fecha de edición: 2011
  • Encuadernación: Rústica
  • Dimensiones: 15x23
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • Nº páginas: 192

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Opera is a singer's medium, but it comes to life on the stage. Composers write complex and detailed musical scores that are grounded in stories of passion and conflict, suffering and joy, forgiveness and despair. Acting is crucial to the experience audiences have in the theatre. Thanks to surtitles, audiences can now easily follow the dialogue and the story. Therefore, more is expected from the singers than just great voices: we expect them to embody the characters they are singing. Without character, singers' voices are empty, however beautiful they may be.

This book offers opera singers a method and the tools that will assist them in developing their roles and the dramatic action of a scene. Musical and acting clues provide the foundation for creating characters. When singers study a libretto for acting clues and the score for musical clues they gain greater insight into their roles and have a better understanding of the music and a finer perception of the dramatic shape of their scenes.

The methods and tools are demonstrated in an analysis of key scenes from selected operas. These examples are basic for the preparation for all characters in all operas, voice types, or time periods. The techniques offered will give the singer means to examine characters in depth, plot, and the conflicts in any scene. Singers who have that foundation are more relaxed, confident, focused ? and able to sing better.



1. "What am I supposed to do with this music?" Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro", Act II, Scene 1

2. A little theory
-Think about action
-Read the opera all the way through
-Break down the action of every scene you are in

3. Acting action
-Action in Monteverdi's "L'incoronazione di Poppea", Act I, Scene 1, Act II, Scenes 11-12
-Action in Verdi's "La traviata", Act I

4. Playing together
-How to play a scene that is a lie: Verdi, "Falstaff", Act II, Scene 1
-Playing in a crowd: Rossini, "L'italiana in Algeri", Act I, Scenes 11-13

5. Problem arias
-The dropped-in aria: Gounod, "Faust", Act II, Scene 2
-The sentimental aria: Gounod, "Faust", Act III, Scene 4
-The da capo aria: Handel, "Xerxes", Act I, Scenes 1-3 and, Act III, Scene 11

6. Playing the forms: Comedy and tragedy
-Playing the story, not the form
-Comedy: Donizetti, "Don Pasquale", Act II, Scenes 2-5
-Tragedy: Tchaikovsky, "Eugene Onegin", Act III, Scenes 1-2

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