Title page for ETD etd-11182010-143923

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Bruton, Zachary
URN etd-11182010-143923
Title Bel Canto Rarities: A Performance Guide to Rarely Performed Tenor Arias from the Works of Gaetano Donizetti
Degree Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
Department Music
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Gray, Robert Edward Committee Chair
O'Neill, Patricia A. Committee Co-Chair
Jesse, Dennis Committee Member
Sims, Winnie Loraine Committee Member
Richardson, Malcom II Dean's Representative
  • Linda di Chamounix
  • Il Duca d'alba
  • Translation
  • Form
  • Phonetic Transcriptions
  • Roberto Devereux
  • Lucrezia Borgia
Date of Defense 2010-10-14
Availability unrestricted
The subject of this dissertation is rarely performed tenor arias from operas of Gaetano Donizetti. Each of the arias chosen for this document was selected on the basis of its quality within the canon of Donizettiís works in contrast with its deficient representation in the repertoire of the majority of student tenors. This documentís purpose is not to represent Donizettiís development stylistically, dramatically, or in any other respect. Rather it presents a sampling of those arias which I feel are representative of some of the best writing for the tenor voice found in Donizettiís operas, not only as admirable pieces of music in and of themselves, but also as excellent instructional tools for the tenor-in-training and his teacher. It is my intention, through this analysis, to provide a reference tool to those wishing to explore the artistic and didactic merits of this literature, which is too often underemphasized in the development of tenor voices today. Chapter one provides a cursory discussion of biographical information. Subsequent chapters offer formal, vocal, and stylistic analyses of representative arias.
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