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Teaching Opera vs. Musical Theater

Michael Ricciardone is an adjunct instructor at New York University’s Steinhardt school. An accomplished singer, voice coach, pianist, and conductor, he has also studied acting and appears regularly in stage and television productions in mostly musical roles.

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Michael Ricciardone from NYU talks about the differences in teaching opera and musical theater and the demands for each discipline. He explains that at NYU he tries to pick operatic pieces that young people can sing and are more in line with their vocal requirements so as not to cause vocal damage. He also teaches his students how to take care of their voice, develop the ability for energy to keep up the voice throughout a show and other vocal health techniques. He also discusses the differences between singing opera and musical theater such as the importance of projecting in opera and having a healthy supported voice in musical theater and the role of the person in charge of sound in the theater.

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