A little assistance with learning opera roles

One of the repetiteur's jobs has always been helping singers learn new roles. Since home recording became available, we've been making learning recordings - basically the voice part played out nice and clearly on the piano, with simplified harmony underneath and a few vocal cues. Here are some that I've recorded over the years. My main advantage in making these is that I'm equally experienced in recording and editing as in playing operas on the piano.

Latest news, September 2019

A couple of milestones reached recently: the completion of 'Le nozze di Figaro' (all solo roles, anyway), and the addition of the longest role I know of, Hans Sachs in 'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg'. There are now over 370 roles available here (including at least 8 operas from which every solo role is available) and more are in the works.

Finding roles

Frankly, the easiest way to find a role is simply to search by name of role, opera or composer (all role titles include all three). Look for the magnifying glass icon at the top of the screen. However, please note two important things:

Search does not work with partial words, so 'Suzu' will not find Suzuki.

Letters with diacritics need to be entered exactly: 'Walkure' will not find Walküre. Fortunately not many role names have such annoyances. Offhand I can only think of Brünnhilde and, now I've typed it there, you can copy and paste it if you can't remember how to type ü on your device. 

This limitation seems to be a Shopify thing and I can't think of a sensible and straightforward way of bypassing it just now.

Of course browsing the site is also possible, for example using the collections below.

Please note: you only get two goes at downloading a file once you've bought it. Make sure you save the file somewhere you can find it! If problems occur due to interrupted downloads or something, just drop me a line and we'll work something out.

About these recordings