Directly below, you’ll find both quotes and resource titles that can help you on your singing journey.

If you would like to listen to great singing in the bel canto tradition, please take a look at the list to the right.  
These are some singers I much admire.

“If the characteristics of a sound the singer wishes to produce are unclear in his own mind, little, if anything can be done to compel him to produce successfully a sound possessing such characteristics.” –Sergius Kagen, On Studying Singing

“Take a breath, and then forget about it.” –Jan Peerce, The Bluebird of Happiness (autobiography)

“The elementary qualities of good vocalization are: firstly, perfect intonation; secondly, equality of note value; thirdly, equality of strength; fourthly, equality of degree of legato; and fifthly, harmony of timbres.” –Manuel Garcia, Hints on Singing

Books by Cornelius Reid:

  • Bel Canto: Principles and Practices (1972)
  • The Free Voice (1972)
  • Voice: Psyche and Soma (1999) 
  • A Dictionary of Vocal Terminology (1983)
  • Essays on the Nature of Singing (1992)
  • Luisa Tetrazzini
  • Mary Garden
  • Amelita Galli-Curci
  • Alma Gluck
  • Frida Leider
  • Kirsten Flagstad
  • Rosa Ponselle
  • Hellen Traubel
  • Zinka Milanov
  • Dorothy Kirsten
  • Eleanor Steber
  • Birgit Nilsson
  • Eileen Farrell
  • Renata Tebaldi
  • Leonie Rysanek
  • Regine Crespin
  • Montserrat Caballe
  • Martina Arroyo
  • Teresa Stratas

  • Gladys Swarthout
  • Jennie Tourel
  • Ebe Stigniani
  • Regina Resnik
  • Christa Ludwig
  • Rosalind Elias
  • Teresa Berganza
  • Ernestine Schumann-Heink
  • Louise Homer
  • Maureen Forrester
  • Enrico Caruso
  • Leo Slezak
  • John McCormack
  • Tito Schipa
  • Beniamino Gigli
  • Lauritz Melchior
  • Jan Peerce
  • Josef Schmidt
  • Jussi Bjoerling
  • Nicolai Gedda
  • Jon Vickers
  • Fritz Wunderlich
  • Luciano Pavarotti
  • Placido Domingo
  • Tita Ruffo
  • Lawrence Tibbett
  • Leonard Warren
  • Herman Prey
  • Feodor Chaliapin
  • Ezio Pinza
  • George London
  • Cesare Siepi
  • Giorgio Tozzi
  • Norman Treigle
  • Walter Berry
  • Thomas Quasthoff

The above are available from:

Recital Publications P. O. Box 1697 Huntsville, Texas 77342-1697 phone, voice mail, and fax: 936-295-6929

A book honoring Cornelius Reid:

The Modern Singing Master (December 2004) 

Is available from:

Scarecrow Press 4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200 Lanham, MD 20706 Phone: (800) 462-6420

A book by Sergius Kagen:

On Studying Singing (1960)

Is available from:

Amazon (and used book dealers on line)




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