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Mozart

Mozart: Abendemfindung… An Chloe… Fin In Ch’han Dal Vino… Hostias… Or Sai Chi L’Enore… Parto Parto… Smanie Implacabili… Voi Che Sapete… Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. Born in Salzburg, he was competent on keyboard and violin from a very early age and composed from the age of five. […]
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Wagner

Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director and conductor , but was primarily known for his operas. Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the text and the music for each of his works. Initially, Wagner established his reputation as a composer of works in the romantic vein of […]

Amici Forever

Amici Forever – Five classically trained opera singers from the around the world joined forces form an opera band. They uniquely blend contemporary pop and traditional opera in a style known as cross-over operatic pop. The group originally comprised Soprano – Jo Appleby (England), Soprano –  Tsakane Valentine (South Africa), Tenor –  Geoff Sewell (New […]

Aled Jones

From chorister to radio presenter and receiving an MBE in half a life time Aled Jones is a popular singer from Wales, UK. Starting out life in rural Wales, Aled Jones joined the choir of Bangor Cathedral at the age of 9 and although he never made it to Head Chorister, he was often chosen […]

Scarlatti

Alessandro Scarlatti (2 May 1660 – 22 October 1725) was an Italian Baroque composer, especially famous for his operas and chamber cantatas. He is the father of two other composers, Domenico Scarlatti and Pietro Filippo Scarlatti. Born in Palermo, he is considered the founder of the Neapolitan school of opera. He produced a long series […]

Gounod

Gounod: Ah! Je Ris De Me Voir…  Le Veau D’Or… Je Veux Vivre (Juliet’s Waltz)… Charles-François Gounod (1818 – 1893) was a French composer, best known for his Ave Maria, based on a work by Bach, as well as his opera Faust. Gounod was born in Paris, the son of a pianist mother and an artist […]
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Herbert

Herbert: Art Is Calling For Me… Victor August Herbert (February 1, 1859 – May 26, 1924), was a composer, cellist and conductor. He was born in Dublin, Ireland, raised in Germany and then moved to American in 1886 where he took up the position of cellist in a New York orchestra. In 1898, he became principal […]
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Benedict

Sir Julius Benedict (27 November 1804 – 5 June 1885) was a German-born composer, conductor, and teacher of music and was resident in England for most of his career. He showed considerable musical talent as a boy. At the age of fifteen he became a pupil of Johann Nepomuk Hummel at Weimar and in 1821 […]

Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert (31 January 1797 – 19 November 1828) was an Austrian composer. He died before his 32nd birthday, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. He composed over six hundred secular vocal works, seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Backing Tracks An […]

Schumann

Robert Schumann (8 June 1810 – 29 July 1856) was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann wanted to pursue a career as a pianist, but a hand injury end his dream: leaving him to focused his energies on composing. […]

Vivaldi

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (4 March 1678 – 28 July 1741) was an Italian Baroque musical composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher, and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He composed many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works […]

Bizet

Bizet: Agnus Dei… Flower Song… Habanera… Je Dis Que Rien Ne M’Epouvante… Seguidilla… Toreador Song… Votre Toste… Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875) was born on 25 October 1838 in Paris.  His father, Adolphe, was a hairdresser and wigmaker and his mother, Aimée, was an accomplished pianist. He was an only child.  He received his first […]

Puccini

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) was born in Lucca, Italy and has composed some of the most popular and frequently performed operas. His operas are famed for their wonderful melodies and many of his arias have introduced thousands of people to the joys of opera, an example being ‘Nessun Dorma’ from ‘Turandot’ which was used for the […]
glossary of singing terms

Glossary Of Singing Terms

Glossary Of Singing Terms: Our definition guide to some of the words you’ll hear that are used within the singing community.   A Cappella:              Singing without any form of instrumental accompaniment. Absolute Pitch: Ability to determine the exact pitch of a note as played on a musical instrument just by listening to it Accelerando: A […]

Pietro Mascagni

Pietro Antonio Stefano Mascagni (7 December 1863 – 2 August 1945) was an Italian composer most noted for his operas. His 1890 masterpiece Cavalleria Rusticana caused one of the greatest sensations in opera history and single-handedly ushered in the Verismo movement in Italian dramatic music. While it was often held that Mascagni, like Leoncavallo, was a “one-opera man” who could never repeat his first […]

Beverly Sills

Beverly Sills (born Belle Miriam Silverman, May 25, 1929 – July 2, 2007) was an American operatic soprano whose peak career was between the 1950s and 1970s. Although she sang a repertoire from Handel and Mozart to Puccini, Massenet and Verdi, she was known for her performances in coloratura soprano roles in live opera and recordings. Sills was largely associated with the operas of Donizetti, of which she performed and recorded many […]

Caccini

Giulio Romolo Caccini (also Giulio Romano) (1551 – 1618), was an Italian composer, teacher, singer, instrumentalist and writer of the very late Renaissance and early Baroque eras. He was one of the founders of the genre of opera, and one of the most influential creators of the new Baroque style. Backing Tracks Amarilli Mia Bella […]

Brahms

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) was born in Hamburg, Germany.  He was a  composer and pianist who wrote symphonies, concerti, chamber music, piano works, and choral compositions and was considered one of the greatest composers of the 19th Century.  His writing style followed the Classical tradition of Joseph Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Backing Tracks Die Mainacht (High […]

Vincenzo Bellini

Vincenzo Salvatore Bellini was an Italian composer born in 1801. It is reported that he was a musically gifted child who composed his first pieces of music at aged 6. He studied music at the Conservatory of Naples. After finishing his studies he went to La Scala in Milan where he met the librettist (lyric […]

Guiseppe Verdi

Guiseppe Verdi: Addio Del Passato… Amami Alfredo… Di Quella Pira… Donna E Mobile… Giuseppe Verdi was born in Italy in 1813 and produced successful operas, such as La Traviata, Falstaff and Aida. Verdi died on January 27, 1901, in Milan, Italy. Having composed over 25 operas throughout his career, Verdi continues to be regarded today as one of the greatest composers in history and his […]
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Rossini

Gioachino Antonio Rossini – an Italian composer  (1792 – 1868) was born in Pesaro, Italy.  He wrote 39 operas as well as some sacred music, songs, chamber music, and piano pieces. He was the only child of Giuseppe, the town trumpeter, and Anna, a talented singer. Backing Tracks   A-Un-Dottor-Del-Mia-Sorten – Barber of Seville   Affetto – Barber of Seville […]
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Handel

Handel: And The Glory Of The Lord… Hallelujah Chorus… Let The Bright Seraphim… Messiah Overture… The Trumpet Shall Sound… Xerxes… George Frideric (or Frederick) Handel (born Georg Friedrich Händel, 1685 – 1759) was a German, later British composer who spent the bulk of his career in London. He became well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, and organ concertos. Handel worked […]
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Opera Backing Tracks

Classical and Opera Backing Tracks Classical Music, Art Songs, Lieder, Aria’s and Opera Backing Tracks available.  Suitable for high, middle or low voice eg: Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. Available to download or have sent to you on CD. Brahms, Mozart, Bizet, Dvorak, Rossini, Puccini, Reger, Schubert, Menotti and many more. Opera Backing Tracks: Alphabetical […]

Sarah Brightman

Sarah Brightman is a British classical crossover singer who has sold millions of records and been performed in arenas, cathedrals, and Olympic stadiums around the world. She is the winner of more than 180 gold and platinum awards in 40 countries. Sarah Brightman began her career as a member of the dance troupe, “Pans People”, […]

Charlotte Church

Charlotte Church is a Welsh singer-songwriter, actress, television presenter and political activist.   She rose to fame in childhood as a classical singer before branching into pop music in 2005. By 2007, she had sold more than 10 million records worldwide including over 5 million in the United States.  She hosted a Channel 4 chat show titled The Charlotte Church Show. Backing Tracks Crazy Chick […]