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Wonderful insight to compare Federer’s sprezzatura with that of the performers. You made it seem effortless and it was a delight to read... brief, to the point, and wholly believable. I will hold it in mind as a start this day and week.

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David your comment made my week. So glad it resonated! thank you again for sharing and reading!

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Sep 18, 2022Liked by Opera Daily

This so much. I came to my love of opera because of its sheer physicality. When I began voice lessons in college I was amazed at his hard of was to sing like this. So I began a listening program using the recordings in our music library. My love deepened based on other things as I listened more. Thanks.

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thank you for sharing Guy! AND YES! Looks so easy but so so hard to do. I came to the same realization when I started singing.

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Sep 18, 2022Liked by Opera Daily

I'm new to Opera Daily. Seeing Roger Federer in this place about opera totally took me by surprise! I liked it, though, because I'm a tennis fan (used to be a player). I watched the clip of Roger hitting balls in practice and came to a new appreciation of his elegance and talent. Thank you. As to the opera clips, I know very little about opera o I don't think I am in a good position to see how these singers make it look easy, but I will try. I am very much looking forward to this experience.

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Welcome! The best way I can describe it is that the singers I included here make it look effortless. The Gedda clip is one of my favorites - I told a friend once that I thought he looked so relaxed singing here that he was going to fall over! :-)

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Sep 18, 2022Liked by Opera Daily

I'm a gonna have to re-attach those speakers my young son gave me several years ago to appreciate metal music so I can appreciate the power of Gedda's voice. This puny speaker on my laptop computer does't do him justice.

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Sep 18, 2022Liked by Opera Daily

I’ve been casting into my system. It’s really beautiful.

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Very nice :) it’s a small world when my comment gets the author’s reply. Than you.

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Sep 18, 2022Liked by Opera Daily

Just amazing and sublime.

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I live in a mountain town where more 'extreme' sports are popular, and I often say that dancing around in the upper end of my range with complex sequences is my version of extreme sports. The never-ending quest, of course, is to be able to soar and make it look easy. As one voice teacher I know puts it, 'it looks like a swan gliding over the water, but underneath the feet are paddling like crazy.' So your analogy with sports resonated.

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Sep 20, 2022Liked by Opera Daily

lovely

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