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    Another one in Spanish I like is Astor Piazzolla's 'tango opera' María de Buenos Aires. Spanish has a real pungency which makes this and La Vida Breve so enjoyable, especially when complimented by the different textures of Argentinian and Andalusian folk/dance music.
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    Italian. It just feels the most natural and, despite never offically studying it, I understand it fairly well thanks to 23+ years of being obsessed with opera

    German also works well for me because I studied it.

    On the other hand French is incredibly tiresome. Especially when it's an Italian opera in French. It feels wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sieglinde View Post
    On the other hand French is incredibly tiresome. Especially when it's an Italian opera in French. It feels wrong.
    I love the French language. I used to speak it really well, though I don't so well now. That said, I've been told by French people that I have very little accent, which is a real compliment. I like singing in French too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    I love the French language. I used to speak it really well, though I don't so well now. That said, I've been told by French people that I have very little accent, which is a real compliment. I like singing in French too.
    There are good reasons for basing vocal pedagogy on Italian, since it's made up of clear vowels and quickly executed consonants that don't interfere with the flow of tone. But Beverly Sills said that her favorite language for singing was French, and Michael Fabiano, in an interview on yesterday's Met broadcast of Manon, expressed the same preference. I don't recall having a preference back in my singing days; I sang Finnish, Swedish and Spanish as well as the usual Italian, French (the only language I actually studied), German and English, and enjoyed them all. I'd like to have tried Russian for the challenge, but somehow never got around to it.

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    Italian is my favourite, followed by French.

    Depending on the performance, the language is (almost) incidental to my enjoyment. Listening to historic recordings can do that: you've perhaps enjoyed a handful of interesting performances in different languages by favourite artists before alighting on the language the composer actually intended.

    Lionel's aria from Flotow's opera Martha

    Ach so fromm with Peter Anders


    M'appari with Beniamino Gigli


    A mes yeux enchantes with Georges Thill


    One Lonely Night with Richard Tucker


    (In Russian) with Sergei Lemeshev
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    Italian followed by English. The fact that I am half Italian, half English is a simple coincidence.

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    Italian followed by French and as guilty pleasure, sung in German .
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    I like Italian. For one I do not understand it so I can enjoy just the sound of it. French and Spanish is good too. German I don't like, specially if it is translated from Italian. However Wagner is absolutely beautiful also as language goes. In English not so - I lived in US some 10 years and now everything in English is smeared by Broadway musicals
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    The German is definitely my favourite one. I just really like the dynamics and the sound of German language.

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