For the past three months, every Sunday at 3 o’clock dozens of singers and lovers of singing from across the world have met to listen topically curated recordings from the past 120 years. Inspired by the success of its Audiophile Society, Bel Canto Boot Camp (BCBC) has expanded their program and collaboration with Guild Hall in a new series, Sunday Matinées.
Sunday Matinée’s is a weekly salon series exploring the ways in which we listen, react, and connect with opera and the vocal arts. Led by Rachelle Jonck and Derrick Goff, BCBC cofounders, and Steven Tharp, curator of Audiophile Society and expert on all things recorded, we will learn together what to listen for in historical recordings, and where the technology needs our ears and minds to “fill in” what might not be there. The sessions heavily use the chat feature on zoom, allowing participants to “pass notes” in real time while the music is happening. At a BCBC session, we do not have to wait till intermission to share our thoughts and excitement about what we hear!
The May series shifts the perspective away from Operatic repertoire and towards other critical genres for classical voice, including Choral, Oratorio, and Cantorial traditions.
Choral Recordings: Sunday, May 2
Audiophile Society takes a break from opera to explore the riches of the choral tradition and the changing trends in choral singing during the past century.
Oratorio: Sunday, May 9
Our listening detour leads us next to oratorio – opera without costumes! Join us as we explore the vast repertoire of these once oft-performed works. There’s more than Messiah!
The Cantorial Tradition: Sunday, May 16
The vocal and improvisatory training of the hazzan, or cantor in the Jewish tradition, continues to inspire the singer of today.
Instrumental Listening: Sunday, May 23
Audiophile Society explores what singers and opera lovers can learn from chamber and orchestral music. All the instruments mimic the voice!
Art Songs: May 30