Bel canto vs. Verismo

April 5-7, 2019, New Moon Opera will perform a double bill of one-act operas, Il Campanello by Gaetano Donizetti and Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini. While both operas are comedic Italian operas, they are decidedly different in style. Il Campanello is from a 19th century opera style called bel canto, while Gianni Schicchi is from a later opera style called verismo. (To learn more about the background and stories of these two operas, check out our earlier blog posts!) Bel Canto Bel canto literally means "beautiful singing" and is considered to be a style of singing characterized by an even tone through all registers, ability to sing legato, use of tone colors to match the text, and othe

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