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Leigh Melrose: Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail K 384 - "Ich baue ganz auf deine Stärke"

MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus

Die Entführung aus dem Serail K 384

"Ich baue ganz auf deine Stärke"

 

Leigh Melrose, guest professor

César Augusto Arrieta Salazar, student

Madalit Lamazares, accompanying pianist

 

First, Professor Melrose suggests the student to think about someone he loves a lot, and try to sing for him/her. The idea is to find the proper emotional state to perform this aria. They also work on phrasing and breathing in several passages. In one of them, after a great intake of breath, the student should hold back the air while delaying the moment to continue singing. In this same passage, it is especially important the connection and rapport with the piano.
The student must pay attention to the text and the articulation, according to the character and the emotion being described. He should not forget the expression in any passage. Professor Melrose explains that, when a high pitch is repeated, the support has to be kept, instead of rising and falling continuously. Tuning is also worked in certain moments. Finally, Professor Melrose suggests maintaining the attitude until the end of the aria to create a powerful conclusion.