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  • P Opera a You Know More Than You Think You Know
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  • Opera in... Commercials British Airways, Chocolate, Spaghetti Sauce/Pizza Commercials British Airways, Chocolate, Spaghetti Sauce/Pizza
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  • British Air
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  • Chocolate
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  • Opera in... Movie Soundtracks Pretty Woman, Philadelphia, Apocalypse Now Movie Soundtracks Pretty Woman, Philadelphia, Apocalypse Now
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  • Philadelphia
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  • Apocalypse Now
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  • Opera in... Lord of the Rings Ring Cycle (All- powerful ring, invisibility, gods fighting, leaving home at the end) Lord of the Rings Ring Cycle (All- powerful ring, invisibility, gods fighting, leaving home at the end) Television soundtrack, kids shows, learning Television soundtrack, kids shows, learning
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  • Rabbit of Seville
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  • Pigoletto
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  • Renee Flemming
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  • Habanera
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  • Whats Opera, Doc?
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  • Admission: If you dont know whats going on, opera can be boring.
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  • So...be prepared! Read synopsis before you begin Read synopsis before you begin Perhaps listen to the recording or at least some of the major pieces Perhaps listen to the recording or at least some of the major pieces Read the libretto Read the libretto Dress comfortably Dress comfortably Get a good nights sleep Get a good nights sleep Pee first! Pee first! Allow extra time Allow extra time Read the program (extras: libretto book & souvenir) Read the program (extras: libretto book & souvenir)
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  • Opera Terminology Libretto Italian for little book (same as script/screenplay) Libretto Italian for little book (same as script/screenplay) Opera Seria serious opera Opera Seria serious opera Opera Buffa comic opera Opera Buffa comic opera
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  • Whats With All The Languages? Italian original language of opera, easiest to sing Italian original language of opera, easiest to sing German German French French Translation doesnt convey subtle emotions, doesnt line up with melody or accents, rhymes dont fit, word painting is off Translation doesnt convey subtle emotions, doesnt line up with melody or accents, rhymes dont fit, word painting is off Supertitles very useful! Originated on TV, graduated to opera houses Supertitles very useful! Originated on TV, graduated to opera houses
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  • Example (Webers Der Freischtz) Leise, leise, fromme Weise, schwigdich auf zum Sternenkreise! means: Soft, soft devout melody; vibrate up to the circle of stars! closest translation in English: Holy, holy meek and lowly, Rise my soul, where stars swing slowly. Stars swinging?
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  • So how do you pronounce these things?
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  • Its not over till the fat lady sings. Looks secondary to voice type when casting an opera Looks secondary to voice type when casting an opera Big helps! Big helps!
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  • Big Fat Larger instrument Larger instrument More sound More sound More resonation (chest cavity, large bones) More resonation (chest cavity, large bones)
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  • The Voice Breath control Breath control Chest & Head voice Chest & Head voice Vocal breaks Vocal breaks
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  • Voice Types Soprano Soprano Contralto (Alto) Contralto (Alto) Tenor Tenor Baritone Baritone Bass Bass
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  • Soprano ($) Coloratura highest, most agile Coloratura highest, most agile Lyric sweet, young Lyric sweet, young Soubrette cutie pies or streetwise servants Soubrette cutie pies or streetwise servants Spinto like lyric but more powerful (pushed), suffering, victimized Spinto like lyric but more powerful (pushed), suffering, victimized German Dramatic horns & helmets, stamina, powerful, warm German Dramatic horns & helmets, stamina, powerful, warm Mezzo half, spicier roles: tramps, vamps, witches (dramatic); britches (lyric). Sometimes music is just as high as soprano Mezzo half, spicier roles: tramps, vamps, witches (dramatic); britches (lyric). Sometimes music is just as high as soprano
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  • Contralto Rarest Rarest Maids, mothers, grandmothers Maids, mothers, grandmothers Castrati Castrati
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  • Alessandro Moreschi (1858-1922)
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  • Tenor ($) Lyric sweet, pure, vunerable Lyric sweet, pure, vunerable Spinto heroic, emotional, juicy Spinto heroic, emotional, juicy Heldentenor German roles Heldentenor German roles Countertenor falsetto Countertenor falsetto
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  • Baritone Medium Medium Lyric fun, comic Lyric fun, comic Italian Dramatic (rare!) villainous Italian Dramatic (rare!) villainous Heldenbaritone German roles Heldenbaritone German roles Bass-baritone depth of bass, quality of baritone (he-men!) Bass-baritone depth of bass, quality of baritone (he-men!)
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  • Bass Lowest notes the human voice can reach Lowest notes the human voice can reach Priests, fathers, Devil Priests, fathers, Devil
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  • Terminology!
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  • Recitative Sung speech Sung speech Advances action Advances action Doesnt rhyme Doesnt rhyme No beat No beat
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  • Aria Air or song Air or song Showstopper Showstopper Great emotion, no action Great emotion, no action
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  • Arietta Little aria Little aria Short Short Lighthearted Lighthearted
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  • Cadenza Vocal fireworks at the end of the aria Vocal fireworks at the end of the aria Show off! Show off! Orchestra silent, singer out of time Orchestra silent, singer out of time
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  • Arioso Cross between aria and recitative Cross between aria and recitative melodic advancing of plot melodic advancing of plot
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  • Duet Aria for two (awwww.... ) Aria for two (awwww.... ) Also duo, duetto Also duo, duetto
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  • Trio Aria for three, not necessarily to each other Aria for three, not necessarily to each other Also terzetto, terzett Also terzetto, terzett
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  • Quartet 4 Quintet 5 Sextet 6 Etc...
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  • Chorus Big number with everybody Big number with everybody
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  • Finale Last number of the act Last number of the act Usually everyone Usually everyone
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  • Fin