Friday, April 3, 2020 | Bel Canto: What and Why - An overview of all the topics the webinars will cover and the practical utility we expect to gain from them.
Monday, April 6, 2020 | The Skill Set - Breaking down the bel canto tradition into a list of specific capabilities that we can work on and measure.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | The Idea of Legato - The physical and musical discipline of maintaining unbroken continuity, which underpins the whole vocabulary of European classical singing.
Friday, April 10, 2020 | One Breath Impulse Per Phrase [Rachelle Jonck] - Teatro Nuovo’s Chief Coach gives a working session on a core principle that enables true legato. (Note: if we have too many participants for everybody to take a turn, priority will go to those who have not done this class with Rachelle in the past.)
Monday, April 13, 2020 | Firm Phonation: Registration, Dynamics, Messa di Voce - How traditional vocalism guaranteed audibility in all parts of the voice and all levels of volume.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | Portamento, Agility and Non-legato Articulations - Besides the simple legato that underlies everything, the tradition has specific roles for these ways of getting from note to note.
Friday, April 17, 2020 | Vibrato and the Trill - In-depth examination of two vocal functions based on conditioned or controlled neuromuscular tremor.
Monday, April 20, 2020 | Catchup and free-for-all - Because every year I need time for some examples or explanations I didn’t get to, and there are lots of questions on people’s minds.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | Imagining the Pre-Recorded Era - By this time we will have heard a good sampling of the earliest singing that can be heard, which takes us back to singers trained in the 1860s to 1880s. With that in our ears, what do we know (and how do we know it) about the preceding centuries?
Friday, April 24, 2020 | The Empire Strikes Back [Lucy Yates] - Teatro Nuovo’s Director of Language Studies in her now-legendary explanation of how we got from Classical Latin to opera.
Monday, April 27, 2020 | Language, Vocalism and Rhythm - How the vowels and consonants of Italian interact with phonation, portamento, vibrato, etc., and how the rhythms of the language and its poetry supplement (and often override) our arithmetical system of notating musical time.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | The Musical Language of Bel Canto - A short survey of how 19th-century Italian opera was put together musically, and what implications that has for the way we interpret.
Friday, May 1, 2020 | Cadenzas - Where they go, what’s in them, and how to approach writing one.
Monday, May 4, 2020 | Basics of Ornamentation I - What “ornamentation” meant over time in the Italian tradition, where it was applicable, how it worked.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | Basics of Ornamentation II - Close examination of some historical examples from the Rossini-to-Verdi period.
Friday, May 8, 2020 | Finale: The Bel Canto Singer in 2020 - Or, “where do we go from here?” (Answer: up to you!)