This article is from a series about operatic voice types.  If you haven't read the other articles, you might want to start at here first.

This week is all about sopranos, and yesterday we talked about three different types (fach): Soubrette, Lyric Coloratura, and Lyric Soprano.  Today we will explore the other soprano fachs: Dramatic Coloratura, Spinto Soprano, Dramatic Soprano, and Wagnerian Soprano.  

Dramatic Coloratura

Dramatic Coloraturas usually have a voice that is similar to a lyri...

It seems like there are a lot of references to operatic sopranos in popular culture, such as the lady with the horns and the braids, but not many people know how diverse soprano voice types can be.  Did you know the lady with the horns and the braids refers to a specific soprano character in some of Wagner's operas, and that a vast majority of sopranos will never sing that role because their voice is not the right type? 

In last week's Artist Journal we focused on operatic voice types and ho...

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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 PucciniWhile 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 liter...

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Narrative storytelling sits at the heart of human existence. Professional sports would not exist were it not for the narratives we build around it. History is the narrative of what happened before us. Even the way we perceive our own lives is often through narrative. Sung theatre is just another medium for narrative, albeit one with a legacy of over 400 years. Why is it that opera is treated so differently than other forms of musical storytelling, specifically its closest analog, musical theatre?


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