Confessions of an Opera Singer

So many fantastic tales have come to us of students’ life abroad, of their temptations, trials, finances, successes and failures, that I have attempted to give here the true story of the preparation for an operatic career, and its fruition. My road leads from New York to Paris, to Germany and thence to London, and back to the Metropolitan Opera House.

Read more

How To Speak

The term Voice Culture is generally construed to mean a special line of training for a favored few who are gifted with the power to sing. Many people do not realize that the same training that improves singing would be beneficial to all voices. The fact that one speaks infinitely more often than he sings ought to prove the need of extending vocal training beyond the narrow bounds within which it is usually limited.

Read more

Music Study In Germany

COMPARATIVELY few books on music have enjoyed the distinction of reissue. Twenty-one editions is an amazing record for a book of so narrow a subject as “Music Study in Germany.” The case of Miss Amy Fay’s volume becomes all the more unusual, if one considers that her letters were written only for home, not for a public audience and further that within twenty years from the year of first publication, her observations had become more or less obsolete.

Read more
Embellishments of Music

Embellishments of Music

Most of the discussions of Musical Ornaments are incorporated in vocal or instrumental schools, and the matter is treated so incidentally as to quite belittle a branch of art which is of great importance, and which calls for particular consideration, rather than anything approaching indifferent or perfunctory explanation.

Read more

10 Singing Lessons

This eBook contains a ten chapters of life lessons on singers and singing by Mathilde Marchesi who was a German mezzo-soprano, a renowned teacher of singing, and a proponent of the bel canto vocal method.

Read more

Hygiene of the Vocal Organs

THERE are already so many books on the voice that some wonder may not unreasonably be felt that I should have seen fit to add to the number. Byway of explanation I may be allowed to direct the readers attention to the exact nature and scope of my little work. I have no pretension to speak with authority as a musician or even as a physiologist, and in the following pages I do not profess either to teach singing or elocution, or to throw new light on the obscurer problems of voice-production.

Read more

English Diction in Choral Performance

Diction in choral music simultaneously functions as a vehicle for both the musical medium and the textual message. Nearly every choral methods and choral conducting book written in this century includes some references to and instructions for the practice of choral diction.

Read more

Great Singers on the Art of Singing

Among the tens of thousands of young men and women who, having heard a few famous singers, suddenly determine to follow the trail of the footlights, there must be a very great number who think that the success of the singer is “voice and nothing else.” If this collection of conferences serves to indicate how much more goes into the development of the modern singer than mere voice, the effort will be fruitful.

Read more

Interpretation In Song

Interpretation is the highest branch of the singer’s art. To that end he has worked, and when he has reached it he has begun to live. The wise master, when his pupil’s wings have grown, will let him fly; he will cease to dictate and begin to collaborate.

Read more

English Diction in Song and Speech

In writing this brief treatise on “English Diction for Singers” I have aimed at making it as comprehensive and as simple as possible, for I hold that in a textbook for practical use no words should be wasted.

Read more

Great Singers, First Series

In compiling and arranging the material which enters into the following sketches of distinguished singers, it is only honest to disclaim any originality except such as may be involved in a picturesque presentation of facts. The compiler has drawn freely from a great variety of sources, and has been simply guided by the desire to give the reading public such a digest of the more important incidents in the careers of the celebrities treated of as should be at once compact, racy, and accurate.

Read more

Jenny Linds Tour Through America and Cuba

THE arrangements which had been entered into by Mademoiselle Lind, with P.T. Barnum, for her visit to the United States, had been well Canvassed on both sides of the Atlantic when she first left Liverpool; nor were there a few who predicted a great loss to the speculator in her unrivaled attractions as the principal and most popular of living songstresses.

Read more

Caruso and Tetrazzini on the Art of Singing

In offering this work to the public the publishers wish to lay before those who sing or who are about to study singing, the simple, fundamental rules of the art based on common sense. The two greatest living exponents of the art of singing—Luisa Tetrazzini and Enrico Caruso—have been chosen as examples, and their talks on singing have additional weight from the fact that what they have to say has been printed exactly as it was uttered, the truths they expound are driven [3]home forcefully, and what they relate so simply is backed by years of experience and emphasized by the results they have achieved as the two greatest artists in the world.

Read more

English Diction for Singers and Speakers

While this book is put forth by the author especially for the guidance of singers, it is also intended to meet the needs of public
speakers, and, in fact, all who pretend to refined or artistic use of the English language.

Read more

Great Singers Series 2

In the preparation of this companion volume of “Great Singers,” the same limitations of purpose have guided the author as in the case of the earlier book, which sketched the lives of the greatest lyric artists from Faustina Bordoni to Henrietta Sontag.

Read more