Creator

Stewart Cramer

Advisor

Malde, Melissa

Committee Member

Luedloff, Brian

Committee Member

Moore, Charles

Department

Vocal Performance

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Date Created

8-2021

Extent

242 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

Not every tenor is destined to sing romantic leading roles. Fortunately, the expansive body of secondary tenor repertoire is just as exciting. Not only are these roles a possible avenue for a successful career, they also offer a wealth of technical resources for young, developing tenors and their teachers. When diving into the wide-ranging and diverse world of the comprimario tenor, there are more than just Parpignols and Armoured Men; there are Frantzes, Witches, and Hylases. Each character demands unique technical, musical, emotional, and acting skills. This paper examines the pedagogical relevance of the comprimario tenor repertoire in the voice studio. Specific pieces will be suggested to address issues common to the developing tenor voice: language, vocal registration, range, and tessitura, breath management, stamina, agility, and dramatic presentation. A graded list of secondary tenor repertoire will be provided, along with information about prominent tenors who sing the repertoire and where to obtain the scores. These roles will challenge popular conceptions about comprimario repertoire, challenging readers to explore its use for performance and teaching.

Degree type

DA

Degree Name

Doctoral

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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