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The role of the two -register vocal theory in determining Francesco Benucci's influence on W. A. Mozart's Viennese operas

Anthony Price Radford, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

The principles of eighteenth century bel canto technique, specifically the two-register theory described in treatises of singing masters Pier Francesco Tosi (c1646-1732) and Giambattista Mancini (1714-1800), will help us build a profile of Francesco Benucci's voice. This study then answers how Francesco Benucci, who created the role of Figaro in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro , influenced Mozart's opera buffa composition. ^ We learn that Benucci was a well-trained and talented singer, who offered an opera composer great flexibility. We also conclude that Mozart was a composer with an understanding of vocal function and color, who could display a singer's vocal talent on a level rarely matched by his contemporaries. ^

Subject Area

Music

Recommended Citation

Radford, Anthony Price, "The role of the two -register vocal theory in determining Francesco Benucci's influence on W. A. Mozart's Viennese operas" (2005). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3201775.
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI3201775

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