Weston Noble

If one thinks of American choral legends, Weston Noble surely has to be fairly high up on the list. Born in 1922 in Riceville, Iowa, Noble discovered a passion for music at age 5 when he began piano lessons. [More here.]

A great resource for information about voice is Vocapedia. Check it out.

 Johan Botha in Verdi’s “Otello” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2012. Credit Mary Altaffer/Associated Press

Johan Botha in Verdi’s “Otello” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2012. Credit Mary Altaffer/Associated Press

The tenor Johan Botha, who performed for more than two decades at the world’s major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House in London and the Vienna State Opera, died Thursday morning in Vienna. He was 51. [More]

Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 8.10.37 PM

Singer Marni Nixon, whose work as a voice double was heard in such classic movie musicals as ”The King and I,” “West Side Story” and “My Fair Lady,” has died. She was 86. . . . Nixon became the most famous example of a common Hollywood practice: “ghosting,” or replacing the singing voice of an actress whose gifts did not extend to music. Nixon was the voice double of such stars as Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood, and Audrey Hepburn. [More]

Classic.

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 8.47.13 AM

Courtesy of The Beatles FB page.

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 8.18.32 AM

“. . . I often liken opera to the Olympics of singing; my voice teacher compares hearing a great singer fully in control of her instrument to watching a figure skater flawlessly execute a technical program. It’s absolutely thrilling. There is an athleticism to operatic singing that is truly stunning to behold. That a single human voice can project over a full orchestra and envelop an audience of 4,000 people without any artificial amplification; that we never rely on autotune to deliver a note-perfect performance; that we can sing higher, lower, faster, and longer than anyone else in the world—all while telling the greatest stories and giving life to the most intense human emotions. How is that not exciting? In my heart of hearts, I feel that if people really knew this, they wouldn’t dismiss opera as elitist or irrelevant or ridiculous. At its best, it is a perfect marriage of technical mastery, physical endurance, and artistic vision, and no amount of sexy costumes or high-concept set design can ever displace that.” — Chelsea Feltman.

SOURCE: http://qz.com/228483/dont-ask-a-young-opera-singer-these-three-questions/

Cecilia Bartoli: “Agitata da due venti” *HD*
Antonio Vivaldi Òperetta: La Griselda

Agitata da due Venti

24. May 2016 · Write a comment · Categories: Singing · Tags:

151009172408-01-tbt-bob-dylan-restricted-exlarge-169
Bob Dylan ain’t talkin’, just walkin’ down this thing called life and today is one of his milestones.

We aren’t sure how he is celebrating, but the internet is showing him a bunch of love Tuesday in honor of his 75th birthday. [More]

The Beatles’ former press officer, who coined the term ‘The Fab Four’ to describe the band, has died.

Tony Barrow represented the band between 1962 and 1968 and also wrote sleeve notes for their early albums, as well as the strip cartoon for the Magical Mystery Tour booklet.

Mr Barrow died on Saturday night, aged 80, at his home in Morecambe.

He had also represented other Merseybeat acts such as Gerry and the Pacemakers and Cilla Black. [More]