Sunday, October 23, 2011

Jonas Kaufmann

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann singing "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz" from the operetta Das Land des Lächelns by Franz Lehár.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sing for your supper

"Sing for you supper" from The Boys from Syracuse sung by Christine Ebersole, Rebecca Luker and Debbie Shapiro Gravitte.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Duet from Manon

Anna Netrebko and Roberto Alagna sing the Act III duet from the opera Manon by Jules Massenet.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ewa Podles

Polish contralto Ewa Podles singing "Venti turbini" from Handel's opera Rinaldo.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Yma Sumac

Peruvian vocalist Yma Sumac was a popular exponent of a genre of music referred to as exotica in the 1950s. She recorded an extraordinarily wide vocal range of over 4 octaves. This clip is her singing a track entitled "Taki rari." For something even more unusual, listen to "Chuncho" in which she imitates forest animals.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

"Stranger in Paradise" from Kismet

Ruth Ann Swenson and Jerry Hadley singing "Stranger in Paradise" from Kismet.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Jan Peerce

For the eve of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, the Kol Nidre sung by tenor Jan Peerce.

Friday, September 30, 2011

George London

For the last day of September, bass-baritone George London singing "September Song' from Kurt Weill's musical Knickerbocker Holiday.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Libera me from the War Requiem by Benjamin Britten

Galina Vishnevskaya sings the soprano solo in the opening section of the "Libera me" from Britten's War Requiem. Read a translation of this excerpt and description of the work by watching this clip on YouTube.

Soundcheck: Anna Netrebko at the Met - WNYC

Soundcheck: Anna Netrebko at the Met - WNYC

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

NPR Interview with soprano Anna Netrebko

Ian Geller

For Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, baritone Ian Geller singing the prayer Avinu Malkeinu in the setting by Max Janowski.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Carol Burnett & Julie Andrews

Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews sing a medley of American musical theater songs.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Giuseppe Giacomini

Giuseppe Giacomini sings "Hai ben ragione" from Puccini's Il Tabarro.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Anna Netrebko & Elina Garanca

Anna Netrebko & Elina Garanca singing the "Viens, Mallika...Sous le dôme épais" from Lakmé by Delibes.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

John Raitt

John Raitt singing "Soliloquy" from Carousel.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fiorenza Cossotto

Fiorenza Cossotto singing Cherubino's arias from Le Nozze di Figaro.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald singing "Bill" from Showboat.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Kelli O'Hara

Kelli O'Hara singing "I'm in love with a wonderful guy" from South Pacific.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Titta Ruffo

Italian Baritone Titta Ruffo singing "Largo al factotum" from Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Leontyne Price

Leontyne Price singing "Ritorna vincitor!" from Aida.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fall Schedule being planned. Act now!

Summer is always too short! I hope yours has been relaxing and fun. The fall quarter will begin Tuesday, September 13, which means it's time to plan a regular lesson time. For scheduling purposes, please email me your availability for September through November by listing the days/times you could have a lesson in order of preference. There are a limited number of time slots of course, so please list the widest time span(s) you are available each day. After-school sports schedules make finding a lesson time much more difficult. For high school students who plan to be involved in an after-school sport, please make note of that in your email.

If you're interested in taking lessons before the fall quarter begins and you're not currently on my summer email list, let me know so I can include you. I look forward to seeing you all in a soon!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Deanna Durbin

Deanna Durbin was a singer and actress who appeared in a number of musical films in the 1930s and 1940s singing standards as well as operatic arias. This first clip of Deanna is from a radio show when she was thirteen.

Here's a clip of her singing an operatic aria in one of her films. The Metropolitan Opera apparently kept tabs on her progress as a young singer. Too bad she never appeared there.

These next two clips are of songs she sang in films as a teenager. She is charming and what a wonderful instrument. There are many more clips of her on YouTube. Enjoy.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Here's a fascinating clip of Douglas Stanley lecturing on the subject of vibrato.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Do You Have Tiger Blood?

What it takes to keep cool under pressure.

Illustration by Rob Donnelly. Click image to expand.In January, the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords produced a half dozen bona fide heroes, including Patricia Maisch, a 61-year-old woman who snatched ammunition out of alleged gunman Jared Loughner's hands as he tried to reload. For good reason, people like these earn our respect and adulation; their grace under pressure strikes us as almost superhuman. Yet as we marvel at their deeds, we're always left wondering about where, exactly, this composure comes from. Do these people emerge from the womb with sanguine looks on their faces, ready to perform life-saving surgery in the next room if necessary? Or is their coolness something they picked up through life experience?

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Great technique enables many vocal styles

Korean operatic soprano Sumi Jo is known for her high and agile voice which lends itself to such roles as The Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute and Amina in Bellini's La Sonnambula. Below is a sampling of the many styles of music Ms. Jo's vocal technique allows her to sing.

Original cast member of Forbidden Broadway, star of NEWSical the Musical and master impersonator Christina Bianco has sung a wide variety of roles, both belter and "legit" including Eponine in Les Miserables, Evita, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Cunegonde in Candide. Mayzie in Seussical, both Little Red and Cinderella in Into the Woods, Maureen in Rent and Ariel in The Little Mermaid. In addition, she also sings pop, rock, country and jazz.

Puberty and the Female Voice

Q: Does a girl's voice change much as she gets older?

A: Absolutely.

Julie Andrews at age 12

Julie Andrews at age 22 or 23