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Beyond the Aria: Artistic Self-Empowerment for the Classical Singer: Why You Want It, Why You've Been Denied It, and How to Achieve It
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Beyond the Aria: Artistic Self-Empowerment for the Classical Singer: Why You Want It, Why You've Been Denied It, and How to Achieve It (Paperback)

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It is no secret that the opera industry is contracting and that there are fewer professional opportunities. But what causes one singer to be in demand over another is not exclusively a special instrument or exceptional vocal technique--rather, it is the ability to interpret the music and portray character convincingly. Beyond the Aria provides singers with the tools to develop an inquisitive and analytical mindset about the artistic details found in the scores. Singers will feel musically empowered to make and discuss their own valid artistic choices, deriving greater satisfaction from their performances while making themselves more employable and ultimately achieve a successful career. Neal Goren takes singers through a careful reading of the clues provided by the librettist and composer with the appropriate performance practice of vocal repertoire through the ages. Sample analyses of six standard arias and songs are provided as a guide of characterization. Chapters also address artistic collaboration and audition strategies. Also included are exclusive interviews with eight great singing actors of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Jonas Kaufman, Christa Ludwig, Audra McDonald, and Barbara Hannigan, who share their individual methods for constructing a character.

Music & DanceMusic BooksTechniques of music / music tutorials Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publication Date: 01/10/2020 ISBN-13: 9781538137932  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Neal Goren was the founder and Artistic Director of Gotham Chamber Opera, which popularized and legitimized the formerly ignored genre of chamber opera. Goren's newest opera venture, Catapult Opera, will premiere in fall 2020. Goren has conducted standard operas, non-standard operas, and premieres throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. As a recital accompanist, Goren has concertized extensively with Leontyne Price, among others. He is an Associate Professor at Mannes College, The New School for Music, and a frequent judge of national and international vocal competitions. His writings on opera and the arts have appeared in numerous books and periodicals.

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