The aim of this unit is to introduce the student to the importance of the Italian, French and German language and language coaching for singers. The unit will provide the student with a foundation in spoken and singing diction, International Phonetic Alphabet and grammatical structures underlying Italian, French and German through the study of operatic repertoire. As these skills are strongly related to singing technique and dramatic interpretation/communication, singing diction is taught primarily in individual coaching within the seminars.
1.5 hrs Italian, 1.5 hr French, 1.5 hr German/week
Transcriptions and translations (20%), 2 in-class performances of recitatives and arias (30%), exam (50%)
Wall, Joan. Diction for Singers: A Concise Reference for English, Italian, Latin, German, French and Spanish Pronunciation. Dallas: Pst.Inc, 1990.