Acting for singers: a workshop with actors and singers at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London

Connor, M. and Meyn, N. (2009) Acting for singers: a workshop with actors and singers at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. [Video]

Abstract

This DVD explores the art of song interpretation from a practical perspective. It follows a workshop with Guildhall School professors Martin Connor and Norbert Meyn. It investigates how singers can learn from actors when preparing a song performance. The film focuses on songs with texts by the German poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749-1832), including Erlkönig and Kennst Du das Land (Mignon). It informs about singers and performance practice of the 18th century (Goethes Rules for Actors) and includes performances of early classical songs in costume and in a modern concert setting. Part 1 Discussing Text and Character Part 2 Declamation and Expression Part 3 Learning from Historical Style Part 4 Further Tools and Summary This film is suitable for classroom teaching or individual study. Playing time: 35min.

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