Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Master Class, Licia Albanese

From the book Interplay: Finding the Keys to Creativity 

Master Class, Licia Albanese, February 21, 1998
Who’s going to drink this water?
Certainly not me

You’re not scared of the audience
You’re scared of me

Give life to the words
Every word needs a life

Make the last note long
That way, the people will know you’re finished

When you get to the top note, I will give you a pinch so you make it this time

Walk, walk
That way you don’t get tense while you’re singing

This is opera
You have to give to them
so they come back
to hear you

Don’t rush – this is Puccini!
Wait! Wait!

I didn’t believe you could sing this, because your voice is fortissimo
But it’s good

This is the way I want you all to sing

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