Mancini and the Messa di Voce

I shall do everything, nonetheless, for the love of studious youths, to introduce the love of this exercise, and hatred for presumption, into their souls.Giambattista Mancini If you read the oldest texts on singing, (roughly 1500s to 1820s), you will be immediately struck by the lack of detailed discussion on breathing, or the manner in [...]

How To Execute the Messa di Voce?

To my knowledge, there is no greater exercise for the human voice than that of the messa di voce. This swelling and diminishing of the tone lays bare all imperfections of the voice. A voice that cannot swell and diminish fluidly has not achieved functional balance, and regardless of the size of the instrument - or the [...]