Giovanni Battista Rubini and the Bel Canto Tenors: History by Dan H. Marek

By Dan H. Marek

Giovanni Battista Rubini (1794-1854) used to be a mythical tenor and the 1st 19th-century non-castrati male singer to develop into a global superstar of opera. the former centuries were the period of the castrati, with tenors and basses relegated to personality and aiding roles within the operas in their time. Rubini stood aside simply because he not just matched the castrati in coloratura and pathos, yet he additionally had a very excessive voice. With Rubini’s upward thrust, and in his wake, numerous tenors got here to sing roles written particularly for them through Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and plenty of different lesser-known bel canto composers. Signaling the tip of the dominance of castrati on level, this era could final a few forty years until eventually the arrival of Grand Opera, Wagner, and Verdi and the looks of the 1st so-called excessive C from the chest through Gilbert-Louis Duprez in 1837. considering that then, the authorised tenor sound has the culture epitomized by means of Enrico Caruso and, in our personal period, Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo.

Many composers, conductor, and performers might come to treat bel canto dramatic operas as ornamental and vapid until eventually Maria Callas and Tulio Serafin validated the heights this style of opera may possibly succeed in. even if, opera administrators and opera performers of overdue who've expressed an curiosity in reviving chosen masterpieces from the bel canto culture have stumbled on themselves faced with the matter of finding tenors versed within the vocal thoughts essential to hold the excessive tessituras. In Giovanni Battista Rubini and the Bel Canto Tenors: heritage and Technique, Dan H. Marek explores the extreme lifetime of Rubini so as to body this precise interval within the background of opera and fix the means of the castrati who have been between Rubini’s teachers. Drawing at the paintings of Berton Coffin, Marek deals long-sought solutions to the demanding situations provided by way of excessive tessitura of bel canto operas for tenors. To extra help operating singers, Giovanni Battista Rubini and the Bel Canto Tenors includes over 60 pages of routines written via Rubini himself sooner than 1840, which Marek, for the 1st time ever has tailored to acoustical phonetics.

Professional singers, lecturers and their scholars, vocal coaches, and opera conductors will locate this paintings imperative because the purely English-language paintings on excessive tessitura for tenor and soprano singing.

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