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Opera Coaching

Professional Techniques for the Répétiteur, 2nd Edition

By Alan Montgomery

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192 pages

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Description

Opera Coaching: Professional Techniques for the Répétiteur, Second Edition, is an update to the first practical guide designed to help opera singers meet the physical and vocal demands of a score in order to shape a performance. Opera coaching remains a mystery to many musicians. While an opera coach (or répétiteur) is principally tasked with ensuring singers sing the right notes and words, the coach’s purview extends well beyond pitches and pronunciation. The opera coach must have a full understanding of human physiognomy and the human voice, as well as a knowledge of the many languages used in Western vocal music and over four centuries of opera repertoire—all to recognize what must happen for success when a singer steps on stage.

NEW to this second edition:

  • Adds and updates chapters throughout, featuring new discussions on large ensembles, 21st-century demands, and more
  • Delves more deeply into the styles of and problems posed by particular operas
  • Rearranges the chapter structure to allow for an expanded and progressive emphasis on technical work

Modern singers have bemoaned the scarcity of good vocal coaches and conductors, of those who understand voices and repertoire alike. Opera Coaching: Professional Techniques for the Répétiteur, Second Edition, demystifies the role of the opera coach, outlining the obstacles facing both the opera singer and the coach who seeks to realize the performer’s full potential.

Table of Contents

Part I: Techniques / Chapter 1: Playing for Auditions / Chapter 2: Knowing the Score / Chapter 3: Recitatives / Chapter 4: Planning Coaching Sessions, Playing Staging Rehearsals / Chapter 5: Following a Conductor / Chapter 6: The Stage Director’s Perspective / Part II: Considerations / Chapter 7: Baroque Operas / Chapter 8: Mozart / Chapter 9: The Bel Canto Movement / Chapter 10: Verdi / Chapter 11: French Opera / Chapter 12: Mussorgsky and the Russians / Chapter 13: Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss / Chapter 14: Puccini and the Verismo School / Chapter 15: Operettas / Chapter 16: Benjamin Britten and Other Modern Composers / Chapter 17: 21st Opera – New Demands and Sources / Chapter 18: Ensemble Rehearsals Large and Small / Chapter 19: Conclusions / Appendix A: A List of Vocal Fachs and Their Roles / Appendix B: Notable and Recommended Editions / Appendix C: Favorite Catch Phrases

About the Author

Alan Montgomery was the Assistant Music Director of the Oberlin Opera Theater for 33 years. He has coached a plethora of major singers, such as Denyce Graves, Derrick Lee Ragin, Daniel Okulitch, Todd Thomas, Limmie Pulliam, Edward Parks, and Elizabeth de Shong.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUS000000
MUSIC / General