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The birth of 'modern' vocalism: The paradigmatic case of Enrico Caruso

Gentili, Barbara 2021. The birth of 'modern' vocalism: The paradigmatic case of Enrico Caruso. Journal of the Royal Musical Association 146 (2) , pp. 425-453. 10.1017/rma.2021.11

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In the decades spanning the turn of the twentieth century Italian opera singing underwent a profound transformation and became ‘modern’. I explore the formative elements of this modernity and its long-term effects on the way we sing today through the paradigmatic case of the tenor Enrico Caruso. I frame Caruso’s vocal evolution within the rise of verismo opera, comparing selected recordings, reviews and the rules and aesthetic prescriptions contained in vocal treatises to show how his new vocalism differed from that of the old bel canto. To set Caruso’s achievement in context I also analyse recordings of two other tenors of the era: Giovanni Zenatello and Alessandro Bonci.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 0269-0403
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 August 2021
Date of Acceptance: 17 April 2020
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2024 14:40

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