Two of opera's greatest names offer encouragement and useful advice to aspiring singers in this classic guide. Tenor Enrico Caruso and coloratura soprano Luisa Tetrazzini employ nontechnical terms to provide an informal vocalist's anatomy, with instructions for the proper training, care, and disposition of the tongue, lungs, diaphragm, mouth, and the voice itself. Tetrazzini deals with the foundations of singing in breath control; tone emission and attack; and, sending aspiring performers to the mirror, facial expression and dress. Caruso remarks on tone production; such faults as the white voice and goat voice; the necessity of good diction; the role of diet; and the part superstition plays in certain singers' performances. These consummate artists show great charm and presence as writers, and this little book is a great pleasure to read.
About the Author
Neapolitan tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) performed in opera houses around the world, including more than 800 appearances at New York's Metropolitan Opera. He was the first recording star in history, and his rendition of Vesti la giubba from Pagliacci sold more than a million records.Florence native Luisa Tetrazzini (1871-1940) sang all of the leading coloratura parts and many of the great lyric roles in opera. Possessed of a clear high soprano with great flexibility, she performed with great success in all of the world's great opera houses and was a popular teacher and vocal coach.