Neue Opernpartien lernen

Das ist ein wirklich wunderbares Gefühl, wenn man die Partitur seines neuen Stücks in den Händen hält. Aber wie lernt man es in angemessener Zeit?

Erstens: Sie können es schaffen. Hier ist das Rezept:

  1. Lerne den Rhythmus.
  2. Lerne die Musik, bedeutet Ihre Linie und wie ich schon immer die Linien Ihrer Partner gelernt habe.
  3. Übe Rhythmus und Musik zusammen am Klavier auf einfache Art, d.h. setze keinen grossen Klang oder Stimme darauf, nur mit leichtem Singen.
  4. Lerne die Wörter und Sätze
  5. Singe zuerst deine musikalische Linie auf einem Vokal, dann auf den Vokalen der Wörter und last but not least mit Wörtern.
  6. Studiere die Orchesterbegleitung, Melodie und Begleitung gehören zusammen. Wie du bis jetzt bereits grosse Fortschritte bei der Eroberung deiner neuen Rolle gemacht hast. Bravo!
  7. Finde heraus, wo die Geschichte spielt und lies über die Zeit, die Geschichte usw.
  8. Studiere deine Rolle mit deinem Gesangslehrer und einem guten Coach. Wenn es eine andere Sprache ist, musst du vielleicht auch ein oder zwei Mal einen Sprachcoach besuchen.
  9. Jetzt bist du bereit, es mit deiner schönen Stimme zu singen.
  10. Glaub mir aus meinen eigenen beruflichen Erfahrungen und aus meinen Unterrichtserfahrungen, das ist der schnellste Weg, um eine Oper zu deinem eigenen Teil zu machen!

Geniesse den künstlerischen Weg und wünsche dir einen schönen Tag.

Vera Wenkert

Singing Wagnerian Repertoire

This week I worked with a young dramatic soprano who is preparing her first Sieglinde for stage rehearsals. It is an extraordinarily beautiful role and music. I have sung it so often on stage and I just love and adore the music and the role. The love duet is just very moving and needs a lot of colour and body and tone. In all Wagnerian singing are a lot of technical demands! As a Wagnerian singer you usually have the weight and heaviness in the middle of your voice but due to the emotions of the respective characters the singer has to sing a wide range of tessitura. Singing the very top notes can be a challenge when you have sung dramatic and weighty in the middle range. For example, when I sang Siegfried Brünnhilde on stage, the best approach for me was to take it more lyrical. Siegfried Brünnhilde’s tessitura is high. It is different with Götterdämmerung Brünnhilde. The role is lower and more dramatic and reflects the whole development in the Ring Cycle…
In Wagnerian Singing it is essential that the singer has an excellent breathing concept and that he or she has a chrystal- clear concept of the role in mind.
One challenge is the diction in Wagnerian music:
Of course, one has to understand every word but it has to be DICTION IN A HEALTHY SINGING PROCESS AND VOCAL PRODUCTION.
I stressed this with capital letters because when professional singers come to me to get their part ready to perform I have nearby always to correct their diction approach. The voice still needs to travel on the airflow and the consonants should not stop the airflow. I remember, when I worked my Elsa, Senta, Sieglinde, Brünnhilde etc. with Richard Trimborn, one of the old school and competent coaches from Munich State Opera house, he was emphasizing all the time, that you have to sing R. Wagner’s music with naturalness and beauty and there exist a lot of dynamics. PIANO!
Richard Trimborn was just a very competent rock in the music world of R. Strauss and R. Wagner.
Thank you Richard that I can pass your precious music advices to the singers in my studio.
Fazit: Sing Wagnerian music with a wide range of dynamics.
With love for the art and for every artist
Vera

Immersion into the World of Opera

Weekly Nugget: Immersion into the world of opera
I strongly recommend that singers study at least the piano reduction of the opera they sing, it would be even better to read the full orchsterscore, so that you understand the relation in dynamics and colour and phrasing of your music and aria and the orchestra.
One way to get an easy approach into this studyconcept is: Go to your musiclibrary in your town and find an orchestrascore of an opera, sit at home in a cosy chair and listen to this opera with your orchestrascore in your hand. I call it singer in wonderland of music…
I promise you, you will have a remarkable time in this special „wonderland“.
I have a couple of singers who work their stageroles with me like this and they have an extrodinary great time in the orchestrarehearsals and in their performances.
So I invite you to start this journey today.
With appreciation and have a lot of fun
Vera