Scaling the High Cs: The Musical Life of Tenor John L. Brecknock

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Scarecrow Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 118 pages
John Brecknock is an opera tenor famed for his miraculous breath control and beautiful, glossy voice. Scaling the High C's is an intimate look at the life of this opera star and his rise from a working-class English family to international fame without the usual name-dropping stage stories. But Scaling the High C's is more than just an autobiography. Brecknock and John Kennedy Melling, a critic and theatre historian, have produced a work that will serve as a handbook for the music student. Brecknock offers advice on all aspects of a singer's career, including education, on-stage emergencies, voice training, proper breathing, and career management. Topics rarely covered by schools and academies such as foreign travel, accommodations, and selection of an agent receive as much attention as proper breathing.

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Becoming a Professional Opera Singer
Coping with Emergencies Onstage

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About the author (1996)

John Brecknock has sung in more than fifty opera houses over the world opposite the greatest male and female singers. John Kennedy Melling is a critic, historian, broadcaster and lecturer, and author of books on art, theatre, history and crime, including Murder Done to Death (Scarecrow, 1996).

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