January 6, 2011

Sutherland & Horne at Juilliard

A friend's status on Facebook brought these Utube selections below to light, that is, Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne talking technique with Will Crutchfield at The Juilliard School  in 1998.  I was there, sitting in the balcony.  It was quite something to see the two of them in action.  And I remember these two vocal giants not quite agreeing about how to breath when singing: Dame Joan was an ' abdomen must go in' gal, while Horne was a 'you must push your diaphragm out' person.  Whatever one makes of that, I am ever thankful to Dame Joan for one thing: it was from her that I learned about Herman Klein and his connection to Manuel Garcia. That bit of knowledge opened up a whole world.

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