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Leigh Melrose: Puccini - Edgar - "Questo amor, vergogna mia"

PUCCINI, Giacomo

Edgar

"Questo amor, vergogna mia"

 

Leigh Melrose, guest professor

Germán Alcántara, student

Madalit Lamazares, accompanying pianist

 

First, they talk about the story line for of this opera and its expressive implications. The simplest is always the best. Afterwards, Professor Melrose makes some comments on phrasing regarding the lyrics, and he recommends the student to bear these thoughts in mind in order to activate the specific feeling.
He then highlights the importance of some moments according to the tension implied in the text: it is necessary to keep the tension with the public in order to maintain the interest.
Professor Melrose also thinks that the intensity mainly depends on the way we feel the words, rather than on the volume, which means that it is important to sing with a special color. Moreover, Professor Melrose advises not to sing "like a singer" but like a "normal human being".