Presentation Title

The Opera Aria: Specialized Techniques And The Process Of Preparation

Presenter Information

Lauren Weiner

Mentor

Sandra Howard and Daniel Carberg

Location

L. P. Young Student Center - Mabel Brown Room

Abstract

This presentation will demonstrate performance considerations for singing operatic arias. Two contrasting Italian arias, or accompanied songs for the solo voice, from Georg Frideric Handel’s opera Alcina will be featured to illustrate a wide range of vocal techniques, styles, and expressive moods. The presentation will define and model fast melismatic sections, sustains with dynamic contrast, and musical ornamentations. Thematic ideas presented in Alcina include love, betrayals, and demonstrating power over others. The first aria, “Tornami a Vagheggiar” is fast-paced and impressive, with themes of love and commitment, while in contrast, the second aria, “Mi restano le lagrime” has a slower tempo, beautiful melody, and displays the character’s fragility and loss of power. These arias, performed with piano accompaniment, will provide insight on preparation and performance aspects of opera arias. The audience is invited to pose questions on any aspect of the aria preparation process.

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Apr 11th, 1:55 PM Apr 11th, 2:55 PM

The Opera Aria: Specialized Techniques And The Process Of Preparation

L. P. Young Student Center - Mabel Brown Room

This presentation will demonstrate performance considerations for singing operatic arias. Two contrasting Italian arias, or accompanied songs for the solo voice, from Georg Frideric Handel’s opera Alcina will be featured to illustrate a wide range of vocal techniques, styles, and expressive moods. The presentation will define and model fast melismatic sections, sustains with dynamic contrast, and musical ornamentations. Thematic ideas presented in Alcina include love, betrayals, and demonstrating power over others. The first aria, “Tornami a Vagheggiar” is fast-paced and impressive, with themes of love and commitment, while in contrast, the second aria, “Mi restano le lagrime” has a slower tempo, beautiful melody, and displays the character’s fragility and loss of power. These arias, performed with piano accompaniment, will provide insight on preparation and performance aspects of opera arias. The audience is invited to pose questions on any aspect of the aria preparation process.