Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith is a highly respected New York coach, particularly known for helping singers with difficult and unfamiliar scores.

The Teacher’s Corner : Making Sense of a Text that Just Doesn't Make Sense

Join vocal coach Joseph Smith this month as he tries to make sense of a popular Neapolitan song with text clearly written from a female perspective that is most often sung by a man.

A Look at Mozart’s Lieder

Mozart composed thirty-four Lieder during his short life. Delve into these musical delights and discover which might be right for you.

Il Trovatore: : “Tacea la notte”

Joseph Smith unlocks the interpretation and corrects the rhythm and text of one of the most beautiful arias ever written.

Nedda’s aria “Stridono lassu” from Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci

Understanding the nuances of Nedda's defiant aria provides power and pathos to the soprano's performance.

A Close Look At Osmin’s Aria From Mozart’s Abduction

This article is in response to a request in the March issue from bass Andrew Semegram of New Jersey. Thanks to Joseph Smith for his fast response.

A Close Look At ‘O! Du, Mein Holder Abendstern’

Understandably, when we consider the role of Wolfram, the enchanting melody of the evening star aria is the first thing we recall. Nevertheless, this aria presents a very misleading impression

A Close Look at Susanna’s Aria from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro

An unusually rich array of subtexts gives the soprano many options for interpretation in this famous aria.

A Close Look at Rodolfo’s Aria “Che Gelida Manina” From Puccini’s La Boheme

The familiarity of this aria necessitates a careful examination to prevent a rendition too rote to reveal its freshness and meaning.

A Close Look at Germont’s “Di Provenza” from Verdi’s La Traviata

When particular attention is paid to the words, parallel vowels and stressed consonants, this famous aria unfurls its full power and effect.

A Close Look at Tamino’s Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte

Be aware of subtle musical pauses that give point to specific words in the text, and beware of treacherous errors in many editions of the printed score.

A Close Look at Norina’s Aria “So anch’io la virtu magica” from Donizetti’s Don Pasquale

There is more to this popular soprano aria than meets the ear. The singer must closely observe the dotted rhythms and be aware that the piece is a subtle parody of itself.

A Close Look at “Chi il bel sogno di Doretta” from Puccini’s “La Rondine”

The soaring rapture of this aria can best be conveyed by attending to the wistfulness that hides between the lines.