This week's Opera Daily features Roger Federer, Sprezzatura and how the greatest opera singers make it look easy
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.
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.
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.
Very nice :) it’s a small world when my comment gets the author’s reply. Than you.
Just amazing and sublime.
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.