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Summer School: Vocal Interpretation with James Levine

James Levine: "The most important feature about this communication is your point of view about what you're saying."

We continue our Summer School blog series with vocal coaching from American pianist and conductor James Levine. In the video below, Levine works with soprano Lori Guilbeau, exploring various emotional perspectives one-by-one. From an argumentative stance to one of quiet intimacy, each change in Lori's point of view makes a powerful difference during her performance.

This class was part of the annual festival The Song Continues, in which Carnegie Hall celebrates the art of classical song with world-renowned mezzo soprano Marilyn Horne in a series of public events, recitals, and master classes. 


"Say it for me as if you were speaking intimately to just one person, and you are very, very frightened."

—James Levine 

For more of Mr. Levine's thoughts about interpreting and personally connecting with the text, along with bringing one's personal artistry to the forefront, visit our Online Resource Center. January 2013's The Song Continues workshop features Marilyn Horne, Jessye Norman, and Dalton Baldwin. Learn more here.

For more of this series, explore:
Summer School: Which Came First, the Agent or the Audition?
Summer School: A Young Musician's Perspective on Working with the Masters
Summer School: Career Tips from the Kronos Quartet
Summer School: Explore, Create, and Express through Classical Indian Music with Zakir Hussain
Summer School: Musical Intention and Communication
Summer School: Establishing a Musical Career
Summer School: What is a Teaching Artist? 
Summer School: The Journey from Workshop to Stage
Summer School: "Let the Performers Be Themselves"  
Summer School: "Music is the Star"  

For more information about applying for an opportunity to work with renowned artists such as Emmanuel Pahud, Marilyn Horne, John Adams and David Robertson, and the Takács Quartet, visit:
Professional Training Workshops 

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