Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-2977-8 • Paperback • May 2015 • $72.00 • (£55.00)
978-1-4422-2978-5 • eBook • May 2015 • $68.00 • (£52.00)
Lydía Zervanos is a Greek-born soprano pursuing an active international performing career.
With this volume, Zervanos has taken away the obstacle of an unfamiliar language that, to this point, has prohibited wider exploration of Greek repertoire. In so doing, she has opened up a world of previously inaccessible music - and for this, singers everywhere can be grateful. (Brian Manternach)
— Classical Singer Magazine
Singing in Greek is not simply an exploration of the Greek language and pronunciation but also an overall and thorough presentation of Greek music. . . .[T]his book is a valuable source of information. . . .All the credit should go to the author Lydía Zervanos not only for her deep scientific knowledge and study of the Greek language as a whole and its lyric pronunciation specifically, but also for her knowledge of music history. A book that should be on the shelves of every musician and every music-lover. (Translated from Greek)
Classical Greek repertoire needs to be done more often as it has so much to offer in extraordinary beauty of text, melody and style. Lydia Zervanos' Singing in Greek is a tool that can break down the barriers for artists and help them learn to sing the tragoúdia (songs) in this beautiful language. Not just a book about diction, it provides much needed information about this vast and important genre. I'm so delighted that this book exists and hope that it will be in the libraries of every singer, right along side their Italian, French and German language books.
— Maria Zouves, Greek-American soprano, producer, director, executive director of the Sherrill Milnes VOICE Programs (VOICExperience & Savannah VOICE Festival)
At last we have a resource for the Greek vocal repertoire—and what a terrific resource! Lydía Zervanos opens this vast repertoire up to us, with a very clear, detailed and easy-to-use guide to Greek diction (including understanding the Greek alphabet) and audio examples from some of the best Greek singers of our time. With her passion for the subject, she makes the history of Greek vocal music come alive, as well. A must have reference book for singers, coaches and conductors interested in broadening their repertoire.
— Ellen Rissinger, vocal coach, Semperoper Dresden, host of The Diction Police
A fully comprehensive guide to singing in the Greek Language; I am sure this landmark work will make Greek vocal literature accessible to a wider audience'
— Dr. Pantelis Polychronidis, senior lecturer/pianist, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
• Commended, Greek Critics' Union of Drama and Music Awards 2016: Musicological Textbook of the Last Five Years (2016)