From Library Journal
Castel, diction coach and tenor at the Metropolitan Opera, shares his knowledge of languages and experience in coaching and teaching (at Juilliard and elsewhere) to help singers master an often neglected language. The author hopes to stimulate interest in Spanish vocal music through this book, in part by including a list of Spanish music for singers. Castel uses the initially intimidating International Phonetic Alphabet and examples from languages singers are likely to have studied as well as drawings and musical examples to illustrate correct Spanish pronunciation. For Castel, correct Spanish means the Castilian Spanish spoken in Spain, though he does examine Latin American variations and Ladino in separate sections. He succeeds admirably in explaining the many subtleties of Spanish; however, convincing Spanish may well require a live coach. Recommended for large music collections serving singers or students of voice.James E. Ross, Seattle P.L.
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