Episode 101-SDU Tutorial

Posted in French Diction by thedictionpolice on October 21st, 2017

In Episode 101, Dr. François Germain and I talk about the text to "En fermant les yeux", the tenor aria from Massenet's Manon, focusing on nasal vowels and some normal spellings that may look complicated. 

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Diction Tip #21

Posted in Italian Diction by thedictionpolice on October 14th, 2017

Since the podcast comes out every two weeks, on the off-weeks we post Diction Tips--very short tutorials focusing on a specific topic in Lyric Diction.

In Diction Tip #21, vocal coach Matteo Pais talks about final vowels in Italian Lyric Diction.

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Episode 100-IPA Revealed: an audio guide

Posted in German Diction, Special Editions, Italian Diction, French Diction, English Diction by thedictionpolice on October 7th, 2017

For our 100th episode we wanted to do something really special, and here it is! In "IPA Revealed: an audio-guide" we work our way through the phonetic alphabet, with examples of native speakers in each of the four main languages that we sing in, English, Italian, German, and French.  Both Ellen and François host the episode, with guests Christoph Pohl, Daniela Pellegrino, and Grace Durham. There is no audio version of the podcast this week.

To see our complete catalog of text readings by native speakers and PDFs with IPA transcriptions, poetic and word-for-word-translations, as well as all of our Diction Lessons, Diction Tips, and Tongue Twisters for Singers, go to dictionpolice.com

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Diction Tip #20

Posted in English Diction by thedictionpolice on September 30th, 2017

Since the podcast comes out every two weeks, on the off-weeks we post Diction Tips--very short tutorials focusing on a specific topic in Lyric Diction.

In Diction Tip #20, Ellen Rissinger talks about shadow vowels in English Lyric Diction.

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Episode 99-SDU Tutorial (audio version)

Posted in German Diction by thedictionpolice on September 23rd, 2017

This week, Mirko Roschkowski is with us to discuss the first song in Die schöne Müllerin, "Das Wandern". We talk about how to handle strophic texts, as well as long and short vowels and the different possible pronunciations of R. This week’s Diction Lesson on the Facebook page also covered the topic of R, so please check that out, too!

 

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Episode 99-SDU Tutorial

Posted in German Diction by thedictionpolice on September 23rd, 2017

This week, Mirko Roschkowski is with us to discuss the first song in Die schöne Müllerin, "Das Wandern". We talk about how to handle strophic texts, as well as long and short vowels and the different possible pronunciations of R. This week’s Diction Lesson on the Facebook page also covered the topic of R, so please check that out, too!

 

For more information, go to dictionpolice.com

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Diction Tip #19

Posted in French Diction by thedictionpolice on September 16th, 2017

Since the podcast comes out every two weeks, on the off-weeks we post Diction Tips--very short tutorials focusing on a specific topic in Lyric Diction.

In Diction Tip #19, Dr. François Germain discusses the pronunciation of double consonants in French Diction.

For more Diction Tips visit the videos section of our Facebook page or you can find all of our Diction Lessons, Diction Tips and Tongue Twisters for Singers at www.dictionpolice.com!

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Episode 98-SDU Tutorial (Audio Version)

Posted in English Diction by thedictionpolice on September 9th, 2017

In this episode, Jason Nedecky and I work our way through the text to Handel’s "The Trumpet Shall Sound" from Messiah, talking about the letter 'L', a little bit about glottals, and when to knowingly break the rules of lyric diction! 

The NY Times article that I mentioned, entitled "In Handel's 'Messiah', the trumpet as divine agent" is available here.

For more information, go to dictionpolice.com

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Episode 98-SDU Tutorial

Posted in English Diction by thedictionpolice on September 9th, 2017

In this episode, Jason Nedecky and I work our way through the text to Handel’s "The Trumpet Shall Sound" from Messiah, talking about the letter 'L', a little bit about glottals, and when to knowingly break the rules of lyric diction! 

The NY Times article that I mentioned, entitled "In Handel's 'Messiah', the trumpet as divine agent" is available here.

For more information, go to dictionpolice.com

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Diction Tip #18

Posted in German Diction by thedictionpolice on September 2nd, 2017

Since the podcast comes out every two weeks, on the off-weeks we post Diction Tips--very short tutorials focusing on a specific topic in Lyric Diction.

In Diction Tip #18, Bernhard Hansky talks about the possible pronunciations of the combination 'ng' in German Diction.

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