By the end of the course, the students should be in a position:
• To understand the basic principles of the anatomy and physiology of the vocal and breathing system.
• By theoretical and practical application to understand the basic vocal methods.
• Through practical application and performance of vocal and breathing exersices, to understand the technical aspects of voice ambitus, volume, strength as well as the parameters that allow the free vocal and body expression.
• To acquire knowledge on the development of the technique and performance of singing as well as the role of the opera singer in the development of the operatic genre. To acquire knowledge concerning the categorization of voices and the correspondence of voices to the operatic repertoire.
• By practical applications through exercises, to acquire knowledge of the usages of the vocal organ the aim being performance of operatic repertoire and not only that.
• To perform pieces of operatic repertoire and Lied through the preparation of concert.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The aim of the course is to offer, both at a theoretical and practical level, basic techniques of singing to undergraduate students. The focus of the course is on issues of anatomy and physiology of the vocal and breathing system. It contains issues of the basic parameters of vocal education, such as body stance, the function of breathing and the production of sound, the function of voice resonance among many others.
The course also aims at the definition and the understanding of the parameters of the basic methods of vocal education (Gesangspädagogik). Moreover, the course deals with aspects of vocal care. Apart from the theoretical tools provided, at a first stage, the course offers the practical application through the performance of vocal and breathing exercises aiming at the voice ambitus, volume, strength as well as the parameters that allow the free vocal and body expression.
At a second stage, the course offers the possibility of practical application through the performance of repertoire(Lied).
Vocal music, techniques, Lied, interpretation
Additional bibliography for study
• Cantieni, B., (2012), Tigerfeeling, München: Südwest Verlag, Random House GmbH.
• Groos, A. & Parker, R., (1988), Reading Opera, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
• Stein, D. & Spillman, R. (2010), Poetry into Song. Performance Analysis of Lieder, Oxford University Press.
• Warren, R., (1995), Opera workshop: studies in understanding and interpretation, Aldershot, Hants, England: Brookfield, Vt.: Scolar Press.
• Cambridge Opera Handbooks, Cambridge University Press.
• Εκδόσεις του Μεγάρου Μουσικής Αθηνών.
• Grove Music Online, Oxford Music Online.
• Sadie, S., (Ed.) (1992), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, New York: Grove's Dictionaries of Music.
• The book of 101 opera librettos: complete original language texts with English translations, New York: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 1996.