Scaling the High Cs: The Musical Life of Tenor John L. Brecknock
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Becoming a Professional Opera Singer
Coping with Emergencies Onstage
7 other sections not shown
accompanist actor agent Alfredo aria artist asked audience audition Barber of Seville baritone breath broadcast career chorus concert conductor costume course critic debut Denis Dowling difficult director Don Giovanni Don Ottavio dressing room duet engagement England English National Opera fact famous Fan Tutte feel finished Fortunately French Glyndebourne Grieux happened John Brecknock John Kennedy Melling learned London Coliseum look Lore maestro makeup Manon microphone Mozart music college needs never night opera company Opera House opera singer operetta orchestra Paris particular performance played problem production professional radio recording rehearsal remember rep&iteur Richard Bonynge Romeo and Juliet Royal Opera House Sadler's Wells Opera sang scene singer soprano sound stage started studio sung television tenor theater thing thought throat title role told Traviata understudy Valerie Masterson vocal cords voice Welsh National Opera Werther young singer