New Series: The Practical Reflections of Mancini

I will be dedicating several upcoming blogs to the wisdom of Giambattista Mancini's book Practical Reflections on the Art of Singing, (Riflessioni Pratiche Sopra il Canto Figurato, published in 1774. This book, along with Pierfrancesco Tosi's Opinoni de' cantori antichi e moderni, are the two cornerstones of our understanding of the singing of the Italian [...]

Manuel Garcia II and Cornelius Reid on Control

A topic of conversation that often arises in my work is the issue of 'control' of the voice and establishing said control in the effort to gain 'technique.' Students wish to be told what maneuvers they should engage in to effect an improvement in their vocal technique. This reduction of singing to "button pushing" is [...]