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Stradella-Sciarrino's "LOVE & FURY": whips of pain and desire
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Stradella-Sciarrino's "LOVE & FURY": whips of pain and desire

Sara Gamarro, Italian Opera coach https://www.cantareitaliano.org Mine for #SalvatoreSciarrino wasn't love a first sight, but with this last work of his he conquered and consoled the "fede" of my heart - as per the lyrics' indications. The nine orchestral arias that his #LoveAndFury (2023) is made of are re-elaborated works by the Italian baroque composer #AlessandroStradella. They paint love and eroticism in all its possible nuances - from the most spiritual to the most vivid technicisms of love - and through a leading of the vocal line that embraces, mirrors and reproposes the Italian "loving" ways from #Pergolesi to #LuigiNono. I had lots of fun. La Maestra ⚡😏❣️ PS 1: Find the diction recordings of the lyrics of Love and Fury in The Cantare Italiano ARKive (https://www.cantareitaliano.org/arkive) PS 2: for the best possible fruition of the coaching, in occasion of the premiere of the piece, I've made a pdf brochure with both the Italian originals and the English translations of: - Sciarrino's preface (really worth reading); - the lyrics of all nine songs the piece consists in. Find it here: https://7666a02a-9392-4f94-b3a9-e2fcebe1c728.filesusr.com/ugd/c53a39_1ecff2fa49cf4647bc488fb205bac74a.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3RSrZ-k9z5ilcIXkUAbJdOH-lCktMrTb2yIecHyrgFh_2EqPqo9vOTMNE) #saragamarro #cantareitaliano #belcanto #opera #italiandiction #italianopera #singing #diction #spell #voice #contemporarymusic #operasingersofinstagram #singing #aria #voiceteacher #vocalcoach
Lunge da lei/De' miei bollenti spiriti: dizione e drammaturgia di Alfredo ne La Traviata
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Lunge da lei/De' miei bollenti spiriti: dizione e drammaturgia di Alfredo ne La Traviata

Sara Gamarro, Italian Opera coach https://www.cantareitaliano.org In questo bellissimo coaching con il tenore Alex Allmark, che ringrazio(versione completa su YouTube https://youtu.be/3Mob5J_Nc9M ) di Alfredo Germont si trovi, nella prima parte, la dizione accurata della sua scena dal secondo atto "Lunge da lei... De' miei bollenti spiriti" (dizione il cui audio è disponibile nel mio Cantare Italiano ARKive https://www.cantareitaliano.org/arkive ) e assieme alla dizione - anzi, IN essa, e attraverso di essa - un'analisi della drammaturgia verdiana del suo personaggio (e, per contrasto di quello di suo padre, Giorgio Germont). Alfredo, proprio come la sua amata Violetta, è un personaggio storico e nella fattispecie era un letterato, figlio d'arte: si tratta di non altri che d'Alexandre Dumas figlio, che figlio era di Alexandre Dumas padre, che padre era della letteratura francese del suo tempo. Una parentela e un'omonimia che sul giovane scrittore non potevano non pesare (padre e figlio condividevano finanche il giorno del compleanno - il 24 luglio). Eppure, il destino vorrà che Dumas fils, sulla propria breve storia d'amore con una prostituta parigina d'alto bordo (Alphonsine Rose Plessis, poi nobilitatasi in Marie Du Plessis) scriva, alla morte della protagonista, quell'unica novella autobiografica che gli darà fama immortale: "La Dame aux Camélias", da cui ricaverà il dramma teatrale a cui Verdi assistette durante il Carnevale parigino del 1852 - innamorandosene. Esattamente un anno dopo, quel dramma debutterà come "La Traviata" alla Fenice di Venezia, ancora una volta durante il Carnevale - e il resto è storia. "Io vivo" - tout court - è la parola scenica che il giovane "maestro senza estro" conquista febbrilmente: Alfredo-Dumas, nell'amore per Violetta-Alphonsine, e nella narrazione di esso, trascende l'anonimato e trova respiro ed eterna vita letteraria, dimentico di ogni passato. La Maestra ⚡❣️ #verdi #latraviata #alfredogermont #germont #lungedalei #demieibollentispiriti #tenore #violettavaléry #giorgiogeront #alexandredumas #alexandredumasfils #lasignoradellecamelie #ladameauxcamelias #saragamarro #cantareitaliano #italianopera #drammaturgiamusicale
"Senza mamma": a Puccinian modern, F major mad scene
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"Senza mamma": a Puccinian modern, F major mad scene

When I was 17, I came back from school to find that my very own mother, who is a nice lady and together the most effective rendition of the Zia Principessa I've ever met in real life - without the slightest sense of guilt, had disposed of my 4 year old cat, Minou, claiming that I wasn't good at keeping her. I got notice: my baby was no longer there, period. The Zia Principessa had given her away, to a friend of hers who lived in the countryside, to be kept like a wild cat, and, already the next day, when I obtained from my dad that she was given back to me, she was no longer anywhere to be found. To this day I think of Minou and ask for her forgiveness, and think of how nice it will be when we'll be reunited and all will be settled. This story is the only way I can render, to myself, at least, the idea of what #SenzaMamma means, of how modern Puccinian characters are, of how someone can be a respectable mother and a Zia Principessa at the same time, of how a deeply spiritual creature Angelica is, of how it takes the Mother of all mothers to make up for all mothers who had no idea what their job was. Whatever. La Maestra 🐈 Sara Gamarro, Italian Opera coach www.cantareitaliano.org ⏺️PS: find the diction recordings of Senza Mamma, as well as of the entire, full title-role of Suor Angelica, in The Cantare Italiano ARKive 👇 www.cantareitaliano.org/arkive #puccini #suorangelica #senzamamma#soprano #aria #song #saragamarro #cantareitaliano #thecantareitalianoarkive #belcanto #opera #italiandiction #italianopera #singing #diction #spell #voice #talent #operasingersofinstagram #singing #aria #voiceteacher #vocalcoach
Maestro Spinelloccio: la scuola bolognese (diction tutorial)
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Maestro Spinelloccio: la scuola bolognese (diction tutorial)

Sara Gamarro, Italian Opera coach www.cantareitaliano.org You can no longer call it an operatic work: Gianni Schicchi is a movie, although without the film or the camera. In TWO measures, and just by the way the three entrance words of Maestro Spinelloccio are split, Puccini gets to give us four MAJOR dramaturgy indications: 1. Maestro Spinelloccio is no longer young, hence he's not a neophyte of medicine; 2. he's not slim, hence not poor; 3. he likely came to Florence all the way from Bologna (called "la dotta", because of the University and "la grassa" - "the fat one", because of the good food) purposedly to visit (the already dead) Messer Buoso, hence Buoso could afford such privileges from the best of doctors; 4. he's panting of exhaustion after climbing the huge ramps of stairs that in 1299 could be found only in noble palaces: once more the wealth of Buoso is underlined, to the avail of better setting the scene for the fraud. If Puccini in 1918 brought all the way to the Met in NYC these insanely juicy details and lifelike cameos (to the extent that some of them were historic characters, too: I already spoke about how he features Guccio Gucci as one of the notary's witnesses, the "tintore", in the same work - check out the stories) it must have been for a reason. Anyways, I myself studied in Bologna (Singing and, most importantly, Composition) and I can really confirm: "Il merito l'è tutto della scuola bolognese": for at the times of Padre Martini, musician to whom the Conservatory of the city - my, Conservatory - is entitled, Bologna was already well reknowed as a capital for musical studies: harmony and counterpoint in particular, so much that Mozart himself was Martini's student, at some point. It's worth noticing how in Bologna you can also find, still nowadays, the state of the art of modern western Medicine. Your Maestra Spinelloccia ⚡ (who put her very heart into this coaching and hopes you'll have half the fun watching it as she had doing it) ⏺️ Ps: The diction recording of the full role of maestro Spinelloccio is now available on The Cantare Italiano ARKive (www.cantareitaliano.org/arkive) #giannischicchi #puccini #maestrospinelloccio #baritone #gucci #gucciogucci #bologna #florence #saragamarro #cantareitaliano #italianopera #padremartini #giovanbattistamartini
La Forza of your Destino: how to give a Don Alvaro his ageless voice back
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La Forza of your Destino: how to give a Don Alvaro his ageless voice back

Sara Gamarro, Italian Opera coach www.cantareitaliano.org Life may sometimes even take the man out of the tenor - IF, we let her - but in no case it could EVER take the tenor out of the man. One of my most powerful fuels in life was anger. The way entire generations of singers have been betrayed and put down by self called voice teachers - that were not, under ANY point of view, either professional or professionalS all together (as proven not only by the lack of results, but also by the fact that they never left a physical trace of the large amounts of money they received for decades), used to anger me, and fill me with disdain. Now, that anger has become my power. No: my SUPER, power. If you come to me thinking that you can sing Don Alvaro, it's my pleasure, and DUTY, to take you there. Because, you know - I CAN. The fact that such a talent (and properly cultivated!) did not make it to a professional career in his youth, used to anger me. But no need to be angry, now that we're powerful, together. Now that we can fulfil the destiny of our vocation - together. I honor, respect, cherish, thank, but most importantly deeply LOVE students such as this one here. You're my heroes, and I'll be yours. Welcome aboard. La Maestra ⚡🦸‍♀️ ⏺️ PS: find the diction recording of the aria in the Cantare Italiano ARKive (www.cantareitaliano.org/arkive) amongst 50+ hours of uploaded material: for you, for free, forever. #Verdi #laforzadeldestino #donalvaro #ohtucheinsenoagliangeli #tenor #saragamarro #cantareitaliano #belcanto #opera #italiandiction #italianopera #singing #diction #spell #voice #talent #operasingersofinstagram #singing #aria #voiceteacher
Vissi d'Arte: Tosca as a working woman and a falcon between realms
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Vissi d'Arte: Tosca as a working woman and a falcon between realms

January 14th, 1900: with Floria Tosca, professional singer, the XXth century woman is born. Modern women wear trousers, go to work, and are remunerated - yet in a VERY unfair way, she says, and that is true to nowadays. "Vissi d'arte" is definitely a song, a jazz standard, but also an angrly sobbing prayer that goes crescendo towards ONE question - PERCHÉ? - as well as a statement in itself: "I fed myself through art" (not through marriage, prostitution or imposed religious vows). So yes, "Tosca è un buon falco", but not only because she's used by Scarpia to spot Angelotti's hiding place: because she's a night predator with a fierce call, who sings for her dinner and provides for her needs; because like all birds she connects realms of all kinds, flying amongst them: the harmonic ones: merging Gregorian music with jazz, the geographic ones, merging East with West, the rhythmic ones, merging the 2 with the 3, the spiritual ones, merging holy and profane, the historic ones, merging past and future, the gender ones, merging male and female (even the name Mario is the masculine of Maria, the Madonna she's so devoted to). Do NOT miss the full version of this session soon on YouTube (link to my channel in bio) and find the diction recording of Vissi d'Arte in The Cantare Italiano ARKive (also in bio) La Maestra ⚡ Sara Gamarro, Italian Opera coach #puccini #tosca #vissidarte #cavaradossi #scarpia #soprano #aria #song #saragamarro #cantareitaliano #thecantareitalianoarkive #belcanto #opera #italiandiction #italianopera #singing #diction #spell #voice #talent #operasingersofinstagram #singing #aria #voiceteacher #vocalcoach #remuneration #modernity #women #1900 #gender #freud
IL RISCALDAMENTO VOCALE: quanto, quando, come, dove, perché.
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IL RISCALDAMENTO VOCALE: quanto, quando, come, dove, perché.

La #voce non esiste e non pe(n)sa. Essa è la più elementare forma di #manifestazione che si possa sperimentare, il più comune e distintivo passaggio dalla #metafisica alla #fisica che sia stato affidato all'uomo, tramite il #linguaggio, le lingue e le rispettive fattezze e cadenze. Si ha un'idea sonora, la si deve tradurre in realtà vibratoria, ben ponderandola, per poi lasciar decidere al corpo come manigestarla, affidandola alle LEVE FISICHE (sia nel senso del fisico, che della Fisica). Al fine del successo del processo di manifestazione sonora, l'idea deve essere quanto più chiara possibile. Processo che è intuitivo per chiunque, per qualsiasi azione umana - dall'alzarsi da una sedia al decidere come sollevare una scatola - ma che rimane per lo più occulto ai cantanti. Da quando la matrice della Scuola di Canto si è globalizzata, assieme alla #linguaitaliana moderna stessa, lo scopo UNICO del vocalizzo, che era unicamente quello di verificare, rifinire e fissare la perfezione delle forme e dei volumi vocalici italiani, è venuto meno; e per lo più i cantanti gli si affidano come Dumbo alla piuma che pensava lo facesse volare. Che cos'è, dunque, che bisogna riscaldare? Come, quanto, quando? Se state cantando bene, non c'è bisogno dell'audio: si vede. (Ne consegue che, chi è brutto da vedere, stia cantando male.) I verbi inglesi #think, #sing, #sink il tedesco #denken e gli italiani #pensare, #pesare, #ponderare (far de-cantare) hanno lo stesso #etimo e sono il #tao, la via, anche fisica, del #Canto: #CANTARE è, di fatto, PE(n)SARE il detto: soppesare fisicamente la dizione mentale, nella sua energia e intonazione, indi risuonarne. Se riesci a #pensare, a #parlare, se hai qualcosa da #dire (senza mentire), e se rinunci per sempre a giudicare, puoi cantare. Allenati dunque a pensare correttamente, a dire onestamente, a parlare in economia, senza mentire o giudicare, e assicurandoti di sapere bene ciò che stai dicendo. Il corpo, se ossigenato e proteso a ricevere il peso pe(n)sato, naturalmente esegue. La Maestra ⚡️ Sara Gamarro, Italian Opera coach & voice teacher www.cantareitaliano.org #saragamarro #cantareitaliano #belcanto #opera #italiandiction #operalirica #cantolirico #italianopera #singing #diction #italiandiction #spell #vocalwarmup #operasingersofinstagram #singing #aria #voice #vocaltechnique #voiceteacher #vocalcoach #lezionedicanto #riscaldamentovocale #beniaminogigli #enricocaruso #alfredtomatis #saragamarro #cantareitaliano #belcanto #opera #italiandiction #operalirica #cantolirico #italianopera #singing #diction #italiandiction #spell #vocalwarmup #operasingersofinstagram #singing #aria #voice #vocaltechnique #voiceteacher #vocalcoach #lezionedicanto #riscaldamentovocale #beniaminogigli #enricocaruso #alfredtomatis
"CRUDA SORTE "? Maybe, but an Italiana in Algeri knows how (NOT) to sing.
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"CRUDA SORTE "? Maybe, but an Italiana in Algeri knows how (NOT) to sing.

Sara Gamarro, Italian Opera coach www.cantareitaliano.org "Tutti la chiedono, Tutti la bramano, Da vaga femmina F............ .........elicità (what were you thinking). I believe it's worth noticing how Angelo Anelli, the librettist of Rossini's Italiana in Algeri, loved to use, amongst many others, the pseudonym of Gasparo SCOPABIRBE* (which exactly translates as "Gasparo the fu*ker of rascal pu**ies"). The whole point of the entire opera is to prove how witty, and for this reason attractive, #Italians are to foreigners: have you EVER hear me speaking about this topic? Like, EVER? «Tu mi dovresti Trovar un'italiana. Ho una gran voglia D'aver una di quelle signorine, Che dan martello a tanti cicisbei» But how does Italian beauty, charme, smarts and sex appeal translate into notes? (Through coloratura; yes.) And what do you do, if you are a knockout of an #Italiana who's sailed out to Algiers after a lost boyfriend, but once you get there you find yourself being treated as game prey - and you don't even speak the #language? You pull yourself together, gurl! And quickly go from "Chi conforto mi darà?" to "Or chi sono si vedrà!" - easy peasy. (And from a self-pitying #legato to a smirky #coloratura; of course, because you're that good, and can sing in any possible vocal style.) Because, as I may have repeated hundreds of times in the past years, and every time I coach a cavatina, and especially a Rossinian one, these warm-up, entrance pieces are the characters' trial benches, as well as their "#bildungsroman": their educational maps and the summary of their personality and resolutions. While properly introducing their #character's archetype to the audience, the singers are also required to prove, the minute they set foot on stage, that they are worth the #protagonist's role and pay check. Isabella knows her worth and is well determined to prove it, for, after all, men are ultimately nothing but SCOPABIRBE, and the less you'll bother frustrating yourself with tiresome singing, the more you'll accomplish in getting (from your own voice, in the first place, what you want. La Maestra in Algeri ⚡ PS: the diction recording of Cruda Sorte is now available (for free) on my Cantare Italiano ARKive, that has currently reached the size of FIFTY hours of uploads! Check it out on my website! #rossini #litalianainalgeri #italianainalgeri #angeloanelli #isabella #crudasorte #cavatina #mezzosoprano #contralto #alto #coloratura #recitativo #saragamarro #cantareitaliano #belcanto #opera #italiandiction #operalirica #cantolirico #italianopera #singing #diction #spell #operasingersofinstagram #singing #aria #voiceteacher #vocaltechnique #vocalcoach
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