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Singing and Communicating in English A Singer's Guide to English Diction by Kathryn Labouff

Singing and Communicating in English A Singer's Guide to English Diction

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Singing and Communicating in English A Singer's Guide to English Diction by Kathryn Labouff

Internationally known vocal coach Kathryn LaBouff provides singers with the valuable principles of English diction they need to communicate through song. Her much sought-after technique teaches singers to practice neutral pronunciation, clarify the physiology of speech, and emphasize the study of English cadence.


In the rehearsal process Kathryn LaBouff is my secret weapon. She has an uncanny ability to take dramatic ideas and unify them with her own technical and diction work for the performer. The result of her collaboration is that the performer can activate and communicate the text like no one else. The diction techniques that she developed are easily accessible in this book, and will help clean up English text delivery in productions around the world. This is a must-have for all directors, coaches, teachers, performers and anyone who champions opera in English. Francesca Zambello, Director, Artistic Advisor to San Francisco Opera Staggeringly high standard of diction. The surest method of converting people to Opera. Opera Now Singing in English can be one of the most satisfying experiences for a singer. Whilst singers realize considerable skills in a range of European languages, English remains sidelined, expected to look after itself. This book offers guidance to singers for 'singing and communicating,
which then leads to comprehension

- for artist and audience alike. In exploring this rich and varied language, Kathryn LaBouff deals fully with some 7bvious, and other much less obvious aspects of singing in English. Her book deserves a special place in every singer's library. Sir Thomas Allen CBE, Kammersanger of the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich

About the Author

Kathryn LaBouff teaches English Diction and English Vocal Literature at the Juilliard School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music. Diction Coach for the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Washington Opera, she has coached and prepared more than 300 professional opera productions in English.

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Publication date

20th December 2007


Kathryn Labouff

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Oxford University Press Inc


352 pages


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