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  1. Opera
    I've been thinking about HIP lately, especially when it comes to opera singing. I've been listening to a lot more Baroque opera (which I used to think an insufferable bore) through historic recordings. Reading the reviews of these recordings, I'm struck by how consistently I read something like...
  2. Opera
    anyone heard of this technique before? my teacher told me lots of high tenors employ it to make their top more readily accessible. you "pinch" the back/posterior portion of your vocal folds together, and that portion does not vibrate or have air pass through it. so you essentially shorten the...
  3. Classical Music Discussion
    Hey everyone, Seeing as last time we posted on here (Piazzolla's Oblivion), we were overwhelmed with some very nice comments, we thought you might enjoy our latest video! This is our first time adventuring into Irish music! Near the end, I imitate the sound of seagulls with the cello. I was...
  4. Beginners
    I'm not sure in which subforum to post this. I'm curious whether in classical music there's a strong consensus what is the"correct" or "ideal" technique, and that something is a "bad habit" even though a lot of players do it naturally. I'm mainly thinking about piano and violin technique. I've...
  5. Opera
    Kraus for me is perfection. I think he has a very beautiful voice. His diction is great and he sings perfectly in Italian and in French. And of course in Spanish. He sings with great artistry, but still does those high notes that are exciting, but not too long. It's amazing how easy those are...
  6. Classical Music Discussion Polls
    "You're like a witness. You're the one who goes to the museum and looks at the paintings. I mean the paintings are there and you're in the museum too, near and far away at the same time. I'm a painting. Rocamadour is a painting. Etienne is a painting, this room is a painting. You think that...
  7. Opera
    In another thread here, I noted a discussion of Jane Eaglen, a singer who I lost track of back in the '90s, only to learn that (apparently) her voice left her. I guess my question is, what are the various reasons why thriving singers either eventually or suddenly lose their voices permanently...
  8. Opera
    "I'm afraid the rot is setting in. Today the young singers do not develop a basic vocal technique. They don't know how to breathe and support and project the sound. They breathe from here" - she puts her hands on her breast - "and they don't support anything. They sing from here" - this time she...
  9. Opera
    I've heard that people find some singers to be 'acquired tastes'. At first, one may not particularly like a singer and then later on come to really enjoy listening to them. I'd be interested to find out people's experiences of this. For me, it was Cecilia Bartoli. At first, I couldn't stand her...
  10. Blog
    Technically speaking, we need only food, water and clothing to live. But most people will agree with me if I say that music and other hobbies are 'needs' for our minds. We listen to music, we play instruments because we know it has a certain effect on us. It influences our mood, how we feel, it...
  11. Voice and Choir
    Hello all, I'm sure some of you have heard of the Appoggio breath management that's internationally perceived as one of the, if not the, best breath management for (classical/opera) singers. With that in mind, I went on YouTube and the internet generally to read and know more about Appoggio...
  12. Recorded Music and Publications
    Recording a Symphony Orchestra. With heat generated by the orchestra itself there is a current of rising air immediately above the orchestra. Since sound is carried by moving air, it is simply a question of locating the optimum position above the orchestra to locate just TWO (i) microphones...
  13. Keyboard Instruments
    I'm learning this new piece that's adapted from classical Chinese music. However, there is something that comes up several times that I haven't figured out how to play yet. It's on the 3rd line of the left hand. There are arpeggiated chords connected to another note by four solid, slightly...
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