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Premise: I'm italian, and I am really fanatic about our language pronunciation and writing, including their meaning, context and history, especially when related to music. Now, the keyword here is elision, even if this often happens as a similar aspect, apocope. The elision is when an unstressed vowel (or syllable) is omitted at the end of a word when the ...


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A composer may indicate in the score that a role is intended for a "high tenor" (which does not mean a countertenor). An example is the role of Henry Morosus in Richard Strauss's opera Die schweigsame Frau (The Silent Woman). Another example is the role of the Italian Singer in his opera Der Rosenkavalier, who has but a single aria in the whole ...


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The 'e' at the end of 'languisce' and the 'i' of 'il' should both be pronounced, with a legato connection. Cecilia Bartoli and Luciano Pavarotti both sing it that way, both are Italian, and both are the pinnacle of singers. NOTE: where one needs to be careful is in switching between the 'e' and 'i' vowel sounds that the purity of each is preserved. You don't ...


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Choosing a music teacher can be very much a matter of "personal fit," not just competence. In my undergrad music school, one teacher regularly browbeat his students until they left in tears—and some thrived under such a strict regimen. My teacher was low-key, upbeat, and encouraged creative initiative, and was definitely the right match for me. ...


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As a pretty typical 2nd tenor, I find the lower end of the baritone range is difficult to sing in a performance setting because I cannot get any power or emotion into it. I think that is probably typical anyone trying to sing lower than is normal - they might be in tune but that's about it.


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My recommendation is to reach out to every single performer and musician within your circle of friends and cohorts, and ask them point-blank; "How is my singing, and how do you recommend I improve it?" The more we interact with other performers and musicians, the more we gain valuable feedback and advice. Tips, tricks, and thoughtful perspective. ...


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