Verdi: a Requiem mass beyond beliefs

Verdi: a Requiem mass beyond beliefs

Verdi’s Messa da Requiem was first performed in 1874, “per l’anniversario della morte di Alessandro Manzoni XXII Maggio MDCCCLXXIV”. The impact on its premiere responds to its powerful message, and also shows the groundbreaking nature that comes by when people compare...
Choral players: Alto

Choral players: Alto

Halt! What is it about that deep but sensual, powerful, but subtle voice that unsettles us in that way? Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce the contralto (alto). The situation can be like this. You were a listener without further pretensions, then Amy...
Choral Players: Soprano

Choral Players: Soprano

“I have a soprano voice.” You only have to say this to gain people’s admiration, although the voice’s owner sings just like Florence Foster Jenkins. Before we go forward, please let me clear (my throat) first since I need to make clear (indeed) a couple of...
Instructions on how to sing

Instructions on how to sing

Julio Cortázar proposes some resounding instructions on how to sing:  «Begin by breaking all the mirrors in the house, let your arms fall to your side, gaze vacantly at the wall, forget yourself. Sing one single note, listen to it from the inside. If...