This unit continues the development of the student singer's knowledge of and skills in Italian, French and German language and diction. The unit will provide the student with further development of 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 lectures.
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.