Following the publication of Poetischer Ausdruck der Seele: Die Kunst, Verdi zu singen, this new volume of the European Academy of Music Theatre is focusing on the art of Wagnerian singing, in the basic questions as well as in details, from a scientific perspective as well as from practical experience. Are the criteria for singing Wagner different from those for the operatic singing in general? If so, what is the specific challenge of singing Wagner? How is a ‘Wagner voice’ defined, and what fundamental characteristics determine a so-called ‘big voice’, whose absence has always been and continues to be brought about?
Wagner’s own ideas and ideals are again questioned in this context: the “Worttonmelodie der menschlichen Stimme”— which Wagner writes about in Oper und Drama—as a symbiosis of “Wortsprache” and “Tonsprache”, his notion of “Gesangswohllaut” and “vaterländischer Belcanto”, and the question of the “singing actor” in the Heldenfach are presented amongst others in contributions from international researchers and internationally renowned Wagner interpreters from a historical as well as a contemporary perspective.
Piotr Beczala, Aviel Cahn, John Deathridge, Angela Denoke, Tatjana Gürbaca, Clemens Hellsberg, Germinal Hilbert, Kasper Holten, Tomasz Konieczny, Thomas Lausmann, Marjana Lipovšek, Laurenz Lütteken, Christoph Ulrich Meier, Dominique Meyer, Stephan Mösch, Andrew Moravcsik, Dirk Mürbe, Deborah Polaski, Thomas Seedorf, Isolde Schmid-Reiter, David Trippett, Susanne Vill, Simone Young
Editor: Isolde Schmid-Reiter
304 pages, Paperback
Publisher: Conbrio (March 2020)