History of the Bel Canto Technique


What is bel canto?

Bel canto was the fundamental Italianate vocal production understanding from 1800 - 1840 and was founded by Manuel Garcia, the scientist that developed the laryngoscope. The story goes that he brought in singers from around Europe, studying their vocal mechanisms and identified how the instrument actually worked, then, he developed the bel canto approach to support the true function of the instrument.

Debra Lynn's specific training is called Garcia-Marchesi Bel Canto Technique. Matilde Marchesi was one of Manuel's prominent students, becoming a Voice Teacher of her own renown. Together they created a series of exercises that supported the health of the vocal mechanism, as well as the strengthening of various components, such as: vocal agility, relentless legato connection, accuracy in intonation and ability to control long phrases with a single breath, with absolute ease.

why it's important for Today's singer?

The sound made by the bel canto singer is characterized by clean, clear, effortless, free tone. Popular singers like Tony Bennett and many Broadway performers, like Victoria Clark and Terrance Mann, use the bel canto approach to sustain their careers and maintain vocal health.

Our bodies tend to do everything backwards when we try and sing, especially in certain languages, like English. This counterintuitive dynamic makes getting great results really challenging for the average person. Heavier singing approaches associated with the advent of Puccini, Verdi, and Wagner, when used by singers not needing that kind of power, may be contributing to the vocal health related issues we are currently seeing amongst our popular recording artists. Bel canto can reverse those health related issues and challenges associated with the aging voice. Retain your career or start one with this amazing understanding!