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Stubborn farm girl in LA WALLY

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Hi everyone.

My latest assignment is "Ebben! Ne Andro Lontana" ("Well, then? I'll go far away,") the principal aria from the Opera "La Wally". In this scene the young lady, La Wally, tells her father that she has decided to leave her home forever and to go out into the cold of the Alp mountains. The opera features a memorable operatic death in which the heroine throws herself into an avalanche. It is seldom performed, partly because of the difficulty of staging that scene, but Wally's principal aria is still sung frequently.

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Hi Elena,

I can see that you've been working on your legato line and well done!! Your doing a good job :-)

This is an aria that I have often sung in recitals and concerts. Have you seen the opera? Its interesting that much of the music for this aria was taken from Catalai's school days and originally from an early song. It really shows if you see the opera, as it seems somehow out of place....it's quite tragic really, the way his life turned out...he was seen as having so much potential as a student and then it never really materialized.

I hope you dont mind if I make a few comments as to your singing...Firstly you have a beautiful lyric tone to your voice...which is such an attractive quality :-) If I may mention a few areas for further study...I think there is more scope for dynamic variety in this aria. the words are quite dramatic and meaningful and I would like to see you working on the expression of every single word, which in turn will lend itself to greater dynamic variety. Also, this aria comes from the verismo canon and so it might be helpful for you to do a little more research about this type of classical singing. I often say to my students that the more you know about the role...it shows in subtle but profound ways :-) Also, be a little careful of your breath support when going for those high notes...but all in all, you have done a nice job of this advanced aria and I'm sure you will grow into it as you develop as a singer. I wish you all the best.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask :-)

Laura O'Sullivan LTCL

http://www.mysinginglesson.net/

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