April 14, 2019

Pauline Viardot-García's Pure Vowels

Some think Pauline Viardot-Garcia studied singing with her brother, while others believe she studied with her mother. It depends on who you rely upon to ascertain the matter. Me? I think the Oracle of Paris studied with herself; that is, regardless of who she happened to work with during her lifetime, Viardot-García was as near an autodidact as you can be—subsuming everything that passed in front of her eyes and ears. The big clue? She spoke multiple languages fluently without accent, sight-read and sang Tristan und Isolde for the composer from the orchestral score, and played her student’s accompaniments from memory. 

Her brother, the legendary Manuel García—the father of voice science—called Viardot-García “the real genius of the family.” 

What don’t you read about regarding Viardot-García? 

Read the rest of the blog post at VOICETALK 2.0.

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