Musical concept: Bel canto
The term bel canto literally means beautiful singing in Italian. The term is subjected to different interpretations. Generally, bel canto is understood as the Italian singing style from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries that emphasizes evenness in tone and legato production throughout the range, lightness in higher registers, and the singer’s ability to remain agile and flexible.
This singing style is especially opposite to the German singing style, which is weightier and focuses more on pronouncing words.
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