From chazzanut to flamenco to Chinese opera, John Potter takes us on a journey around the world in A History of Singing. In part one, he and co-author Neil Sorrell discussed their inspiration for tackling such a seemingly daunting topic; in this final installment, John highlights a few standout examples—with clips!
As you probably can imagine, Cambridge publishes a lot of reference titles, and we are pleased to launch the “Cambridge Reference” series to spotlight the diverse and cutting-edge titles on our list. Our inaugural post is from John Potter and Neil Sorrell, the co-authors of A History of Singing (on sale now)
Robert Cannon’s series concludes with a look at more modern operas, starting in the nineteenth century.
The five extracts I previously suggested all come from different genres and periods, ranging from Handel in the early eighteenth-century to Wagner at the end of the nineteenth. Not only that, but where Mozart is a product of the Enlightenment, Verdi is suffused with the spirit of Italian Romanticism.
Opera is such a hugely varied art form, especially now that the boundaries of the repertoire have been opened up to include works of every period, style, and nationality. But given this huge variety, where do you begin – or what direction do you take to explore further?