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Opera Italiana Academy

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What you’ll learn

  • Italian Opera singing
  • Interpretation and style

ITALIAN TECHNIQUE OF SINGING
For us, practice before the stage is of paramount importance. There are numerous things that we have to be careful about on the stage. Therefore, having a healthy and a correct technique of singing will help us immensely. The basis of Italian technique of san is the correct use of diaphragm, the production of high positioned voice (suono), and the natural match of these two. With a proper technique of san, we can both extend our artistic life span, and maintain the health of our vocal cords, keeping them fresh. A good portion of voice and throat related sicknesses are caused by improper use of our vocal cords and the muscles surrounding them. The voice we produce must be “brillante” or shinny at all times. And the breath, as supported by the diaphragm, must be at the right dosage that would vibrate the vocal cords without a strain on the cords. Most san trainings advise you not to push the voice, and this is of course the right thing to say. Yet, if we do not know how to utilize this mechanism properly, it is inevitable for us to push the voice. For this reason, it is important to use the Italian technique on voice.

INTERPRETATION

Interpretation is the most important topic of opera. It is the theatrical key stone within the the art of opera. Knowing HOW to say what you are saying. As opposed to the theatre of the prose, we are tied to the music, specifically in terms of time due to the ongoing music. Therefore, we must act in full harmony with musical phrases. Contrary to what is generally exercised, opera is not the art of producing high pitched voice; instead it is the art of interpretation. Both in the history of opera, and in contemporary scenes, we can see many singers that have achieved wonders thanks to their ability to interpret, despite not having the advantage of voice. furthermore, many singers with great voices have underestimated the importance of making music and interpretation, which ended their musical carriers after a certain limit. If music, theatre and interpretation are at the core since the early stages, technical challenges can be overcome.

PHONETICS IN ITALIAN AND DICTATION

The correct usage of language gives a significant edge to the singer. When combined with the correct use of language, an above-the-breath style of singing that is supported by the diaphragm, the issue of not being able to understand what is said – a common complaint by the audience – is eliminated. Correct pronunciation of Italian is not enough on its own. Correct use of accent and an in-depth study of Italian phonetics are also necessary. The correct use of open and close vowels, and the correct use of consonants without impeding the legato add to the quality of the opera singer. As Alfredo Kraus, who is an expert on these topics as well being a perfect tenor himself, says the members of the audience who is sitting in the back rows has equal right to hearing and understanding words. It is worth noting that the stage is a magical platform. With little effort, correct breath technique and good pronunciation, our voice transcends all boundaries towards hearts. Italian is the language of drama; musical terminology derives from Italian; and there is always someone who speaks Italian in operas around the world. Our advice to people who wish to perform this form of art is that they should be ope singers who are competent in Italian language.

COMPOSERS OF THE 18TH CENTURY AND ” RECITATIVO SECCO”

18th century composers are at the core of Italian opera singing. In general, operas had basic melodic structure; the story line and the theathrical timings were given through “recitativo”s, and the characters expressed their emotions through arya’s, duet’s and konsertant’s. Operas and the characters were derived from Commedia dell’arte, the traditional Italian art theatre. For example, Figaro as a character is “Arlecchino”, while Bartolo is “Pantalone” and Susanna is “Colombina”. Each one has its own characteristics. Figaro / Arlecchino plays a big role is in parts that display change such as introduction, development and resolution. Susanna / Colombina is the young girl in love. Bartolo / Pantalone is the gentleman who gets ridiculed for his sternness and stubbornness. Puccine, in contrast to operas of Verdi, may appear to be simpler in terms of vocalization, but requires great attention. Recitativo stems from the Italian verb “recitare”. Recitare means to act. Recitativo’s are the spots that the play is highly dense with theatrical elements. In order to recitativo properly, one must avoid undue darkening of the voice and one must sign from the natural spot of speech with the support of the diaphragm. In the simplest explanation, a recitativo is a musical speech. 18th century composers such as Baldassare Galuppi, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,Giovanni Paisiello and W.A.Mozart reflected the natural melody of the Italian daily spoken language via their recitativo’s. a singer who can sing the 18th century operas has high advantage for intonation, interpretation and musicality.

CHARACTER ANALYSIS

Character analysis is commonly neglected. In important theaters of Europe, rejisor sits with the singers to analyze characters prior to rehearsals.Personality traits, the socio-economic status, psychology of the the character that you are acting, and the sociology of the era that the character lived needs to be analyzed to attain a proper interpretation. For example, when singing the Figaro in Rossine, Seville Barber we have to be “brillante” which manful of life and joyful. When interpreting Violetta, the main character of La Traviata of G. Verdi, we must be aware of the requirements of interpreting a high end prostitute who perhaps for the first time in her life falls in love so as not to end up with an average performance. Similarly, Cavaradossi in Tosca by G.Puccini is a rebellious artist who does not relinquish the ideals at the risk of losing his life while Scarpia is a merciless yet elegant member of the Sicilian aristocracy. And all these personality traits must be conveyed in our voice and interpretation.

A succesfull Opera singer is good at using these three tools;

Language , Music and drama!

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12 reviews for Opera Italiana Academy

  1. Luis Brito

    I can definitely see this course helping breaking through that initial barrier when it comes to learning a programming language. I’m positive I’ll finish it and hopefully master python by then.

  2. Abdallah Galal Abouhussein

    I would like to share my personnel experience, i`m very pleased and happy for taking this impressive course because Dr. Angela always makes it simple and easy to understand and always makes a precaution section before or after any bug that may appear to some students and also write or record the solution for us, and each word she said is very real and easy to understand.
    Thanks Dr. Angela
    Abdallah Galal

  3. Jiaqing Fan

    Very good course. Dr Angela explains things very clearly. The exercises are interactive and helpful.

    Angela’s voice is like ASMR in most lessons. So you won’t lose focus?

  4. Jaime Sánchez Blanco

    Every concept is very well explained so you can assimilate it, and the teacher insists in practicing daily to get the habit of programming. It really motivates to keep studying and practicing every day.

  5. Bradley Carouthers

    3 days in and I’ve already learned more than other training programs where I’ve put months in. Her teaching style is both efficient and effective.

    Edit: Now on day 29 and the course has held up my expectations and hopes. The rise in complexity is not too sharp, and every day feels like an accomplishment. Angela takes her time to explain things without rushing, yet is able to pack tons of information in nuggets of time.

    Still recommend supplemental exposure for a more wholesome grasp. Though, this should be quite enough

  6. Tommy Prévost

    Very good course.

    PROs: lots of coding exercises, clear explanations, great examples, adapted to 2021’s reality.

    CONs: past the first 30 lessons, many similar coding hands-on.

  7. Quang Tu

    I love all the lectures and challenges of this course. I finally find myself in love with coding. This is definitely a fun course. Thank you Angela for this great course.

  8. Fortunate Eze

    This course is nothing short of AMAZING. The level of love and sincere desire to see students succeed present in this course is a rare sight. This course is fun, it’s challenging, it’s suspense-filled, it makes you feel good about yourself solving those challenges. You don’t take this course and memorise codes, you take it and you know what you’re doing because you literally do it yourself.

    It couldn’t possibly be any more obvious that Angela brought out her whole heart, time, energy and resources to give us a course that if priced based on it’s value, many of us certainly can’t afford. I mean, she kept advising and encouraging us to keep going, because she knows the road could get bumpy, she made a few jokes and used funny animations so we smile along the way keeping it fun. Why some people can’t see this and would rather subscribe to trying to bend courses to fit their own personal preferences is beyond me, but I guess people will always be people.

    Dear Angela, I cannot speak for everyone but I certainly can speak for myself and I’m saying thank you. The efforts you put into making this course outstanding didn’t go unnoticed.

    Let as many of us as appreciate your efforts make you happy and energize you to create more life changing courses for us.

    Cheers.

  9. Chendaniel

    Just the course fits me. Learn by doing, it is easy to start and just follow the flow and at day 15 you realized how to program in Python. Then the magic happen. I am on day 27 and I am looking forward to start a new section everyday.

  10. Caspar Cheng

    Angela is my favourite teacher on Udemy, her courses always come with clear and concise demonstration, make it really easy to understand the content. Meanwhile, she also provide a lot of tips to encourage us moving further on the way of coding. I’m definitely a super fan of her. I had finished her web development boot camp and now I’m learning Python 100 days of code. This course is amazing as she provided one particular project for each day’s learning, which is, really useful and handy. Also, those projects are really interesting and won’t let me feel disappointed about myself. Although some of them are a little bit difficult, they’re still resolvable after some struggling and searching online. I’ll recommend this course for those who really want to learn Python well and write real python projects from scratch!

  11. Jonas Weber

    The course was awesome in the first half! Really helped me to get back to programming and learning new techniques. Also the course got way to much focused on web development in the second half, which I’m not really interested in and is redundand to your dedicated web development course. The lack of videos in the last quarter was rather sad. I really would’ve liked some video explanations for pandas and matplotlib. The challenges and capstone projects were great and challenging!
    All in all I can really recommend this course for beginners and those who want to learn python and/or get back to programming!

  12. Rohit Prasad

    Angela is the best teacher I have ever experienced. The way she explains all the topics and makes use of it in the projects is commendable. Thank you so much Angela for this course.

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