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Alto: The Voice of Bel Canto


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Part I: The Alto Voice in the Baroque Era Chapter 1. Mezzos and Contraltos Chapter 2. Why Castrati? Chapter 3. Altos in the Dawn of Opera Chapter 4. Altos, Neapolitan Style Chapter 5. Mr. "Hendel's" Altos Chapter 6. Faustina Bordoni and "Il Caro Sassone" Chapter 7. Gluck's Basses-Dessus and Mozart's Altos Chapter 8. Intermezzo Part II Altos in the Romantic Revolution Chapter 9. Cambio di Voce Chapter 10. The Swan of Pesaro and I Musici Chapter 11. The Maestro and the Prima Donna Assoluta Chapter 12. Giuditta Pasta Chapter 13. Caroline Unger (Ungher), The Forgotten Prima Donna Chapter 14. Maria Malibran Chapter 15. Pauline Viardot Chapter 16. The Altos of Grand Opera Chapter 17, "La Favorite," Rosine Stoltz Chapter 18. Altos in Opera Lyrique and Opera Comique Chapter 19. The Bel Canto Altos of Bellini and Donizetti Chapter 20. Verdi and Verismo Altos Chapter 21. German Romanticism, Wagner, Strauss, and the Alto Voice Chapter 22. The Russian Altos Chapter 23. Altos in the English Speaking World Part III Altos After 1900 Chapter 24. Twentieth Century Altos Chapter 25. Contemporary Alto Singers

About the Author

Dan H. Marek is a distinguished international singer, teacher, and writer who has appeared as a principal tenor at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and the Salzburg Opera. He is a teacher of voice at Mannes College of Music in New York City and is the author of Singing: The First Art (Scarecrow, 2006) and Giovanni Battista Rubini and the Bel Canto Tenors: History and Technique (Scarecrow, 2013).

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