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Vowels of the Day 🤓 Nasals....oh those nasals... First of all, I do not agree with calling them nasals because it suggests the right way to speak/sing them is to ram them in the 👃🏼. For the sake of singing, you want to BYPASS your nose, and place the sounds much higher, almost like you are singing out of your eyes. The attached diagram shows you where you should feel each of them. [ɑ̃] needs your lips open and rounded like a beak, to the outside, and is very bright: placed to the outside of your cheekbones. [ɛ̃] does not require lips but does require verticality: mouth hanging open vertically and sound slightly inward of your cheekbones, compared to [ɑ̃]. To produce a proper [œ̃], you need only to round your lips over the [ɛ̃] sound: it will naturally place the sound a little more inside your cheekbones. The closest of them all is [õ] and often is jammed so tightly in the nose that the sound gets stuck. You do not need your nose, the sound is much higher and vertical, and should feel right on the inside of your eyes, with very closed round lips although open in the back of your mouth of course. #lesson #monday #sing #singing #singer #teacher #art #artist #french #diction #opera #operasinger #classicalmusic #music #musician #learn #study #love #fun #happy #amazing #great #instadaily #instagood

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Opera of the Day 🎼 L’Enfant Prodigue by Claude Debussy. Beautiful cantata in one act, including some gorgeous music for soprano, tenor and bass baritone 😍 Get your copy of the IPA and translation on the website frenchoperasbyelsa.com today and on Amazon starting next week! #opera #sing #singer #singing #music #musician #art #arts #artist #classicalmusic #beautiful #french #teacher #study #instagood #instadaily #love #happy #fun #soprano #tenor #bass #amazon #listen

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Vowels of the Day 🤓 aaaaah the eternal confusion between [ɛ̃] and [œ̃]... 🤔 How do you differentiate one from the other? Where do they come from? So!!! ☝️Add lips (round and out) to the vowel [ɛ] and you get [œ]. Now back to [ɛ] and nasalize it by pulling the vowel slightly back in your mouth, to the limit between your hard and soft palate, and you get [ɛ̃]. Keep all those sensations and round your lips on top of that, you get [œ̃]. EASY 😄🤔☝️😳😃😂 #opera #singer #sing #singing #classicalmusic #music #musician #art #artist #love #instagood #instadaily #arts #happy #teacher #fun #study #diction #french #newyork #harlem

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That’s right!!! 🤓 Coming up soon! Anthologies for each voice type 😃 Now. I need your guys’ help. Comment the aria you’d like IPA-ed and translated from any French opera that hasn’t been done by either me or Nico Castel. I already have a bunch of ideas but I am coming up short with baritone and bass arias especially. Any idea is welcomed 🙌🏼 #opera #singer #help #diction #french #sing #singing #music #musician #art #artist #instadaily #instagood #love #fun #happy #teach #learn #study #amazing #arts #musicians #newyork #harlem

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News news news!!! First things first: Find me on Facebook on my new page French Operas by Elsa! Bring the likes and comments: I always take suggestions or requests for new works! Second!! And this one I’m really excited about 😃 This week marks the launch of some of my translations of French operas on AMAZON’s Kindle Store 💥☄️⚡️🔥 Yes yes yes!!!! Stay tuned for more info 😁 #french #opera #diction #teacher #music #musician #art #artist #learn #instagood #facebook #instadaily #love #fun #happy #news #great #amazing #amazon #books #book #publishing

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Opera of the Day 🎶 Jacques Offenbach “La Vie Parisienne” concludes my Offenbach series (for now 😉). Everything you always wanted to know about the craziest party nights in 19th-century Paris 💥 Get your copy of the translation and IPA on my website frenchoperasbyelsa.com today 😄 #opera #sing #singer #music #musician #classical #classicalmusic #instagood #instadaily #love #happy #fun #learn #teacher #student #study #art #artist #offenbach #operasinger #newyork at New York metropolitan area

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Today’s Lesson 🤓 Adding a shadow vowel between two consonants to make sure we hear both. Neat little trick for large performance spaces, it adds clarity and precision without effort in the throat, it also can help you place the syllable more easily on a high pitch 😎 #sing #opera #singer #music #musician #classicalmusic #classical #teacher #student #study #learn #instagood #instadaily #french #france #love #happy #fun #newyork #weekend

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Opera of the Day 😎 Le Docteur Miracle by Bizet 👨‍⚕️ Some sources say it was written by Charles Lecoq but it turns out that Bizet won First Prize in a competition organized by Jacques Offenbach, where Lecoq also won First Prize, so their works got confounded. Le Docteur Miracle is an hilarious one-act operetta from which the famous Omelet Quartet is taken 🍳 Get your version of the IPA and Translation on my website today frenchoperasbyelsa.com 🤓 #opera #singer #sing #singing #singers #art #artist #artists #classicalmusic #happy #fun #music #musician #musicians #instagood #instadaily #love #learn #study #teacher #teach #awesome #amazing #funny

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Letter of the Day 🤓 Aaaaah those French exceptions 😒 When do you know if an [s] is pronounced at the end of a word, or not? Well... The rule is never...except with exceptions 😂 And even if the [s] isn't pronounced, if the following word starts with a vowel, chances are you will need to make the liaison 😑 So! Never pronounce the [s] at the end of conjugated verbs, plural nouns, conjunctions etc... But here are some exceptions just for you today, where you pronounce the [s]: Tandis; Sens; Sas, Sus, Hélas. #opera #french #language #teach #learn #study #instagood #love #instadaily #music #art #artist #sing #singer #singing #musicians #amazing #fun #happy #classicalmusic

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Opera of the Day ☝🏼 Jacques Offenbach's La Périchole. New on the website, get your copy of the translation and IPA of this Spanish-flavored comedy by the master of French operetta 🎭 Check out my website frenchoperasbyelsa.com #opera #singer #singers #singing #sing #music #classicalmusic #art #artist #artists #instagood #instadaily #love #fun #happy #learn #study #performance #amazing #beautiful #student

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Word of the Day 🤓 "Donc" [dõk] or [dõ] ? 🤔 The [k] is pronounced when this word is used to sum up a situation or such, at the beginning of the sentence: "Donc je suis partie". Usually, you want to avoid pronouncing the [k] if the word is within the sentence and the character's speech is proper. "Je me suis donc retirée". If your character is of a lower class, or just angry or drunk or goofy at that point of the opera, you can add the [k] to emphasize either. It's really a matter of taste but keep in mind in old French, they wouldn't have pronounced the [k] within a phrase. #opera #singer #sing #singing #singers #art #artist #artists #classicalmusic #music #musician #musicians #love #happy #instagood #instadaily #amazing #learning #teacher #word #cool

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Opera of the Day 🗣 Offenbach's take on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice: Orphée aux Enfers 🎻 You need to discover this hilarious version where Orpheus and Eurydice actually hate each other, where Eurydice actually wants to die and Orpheus doesn't want to go get her in the Underworld 😂 A real gem 💎 Get the translation and IPA on my website frenchoperasbyelsa.com today 🔥 #opera #classicalmusic #classical #music #musicians #musician #art #artist #artists #sing #singer #singing #singers #love #instagood #instadaily #happy #fun #listen #learn #getit #follow #followme #amazing

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Word of the Day ☝🏼"Plus". [ply] OR [plys] 🤔 If you have ever wondered whether to pronounce the "s" at the end or not, wonder no more!! 😝 There are two instances where "plus" is used: 1️⃣ to add quantity, to express "more of something": je veux plus de dessert (I want more desserts - well you know me 😋): there you pronounce the "s", you can see there is no negative particle anywhere in the sentence. 2️⃣ when there IS a negative particle in the sentence, "plus" now means "no more" or "anymore": Je ne veux plus de desserts (I don't want any more desserts). No pronouncing the "s" in that instance 😶. As for liaisons after "plus", if you are in situation 1️⃣ , usually (hey it's French 😬), the "s" stays an "s" but in situation 2️⃣, you want to change the "s" into a "z" sound for the liaison: Je ne veux plus écouter (I don't want to listen anymore): [ply zekute] 🤓 Check out my website frenchoperasbyelsa.com for more infos on my services and for translations and IPA versions of many French operas (2 new ones just arrived 😊) #sing #singing #singer #singers #music #musicians #musician #art #artist #artists #artistic #classicalmusic #classical #opera #french #teacher #study #getit #happy #love #fun #nerd #instagood #instadaily #amazing #learning #learn #student

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Opera of the Day 🎼 La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein by Offenbach! Get your copy of the translation and IPA ✨New⚡️on the website frenchoperasbyelsa.com today ! Mezzos 📍 couple of very good arias in this operetta if you are looking for inspiration 👀 #opera #music #musician #musicians #art #artist #artists #classicalmusic #happy #fun #love #amazing #teach #learn #french #france #english #instagood #instadaily #getit #yes #thebest #teaching #listen

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Word of the Day 😊 "Messieurs", pronounced [mesjø] and not [mɛsjø]. 🤓It was most likely pronounced with an open [ɛ] before the two words were turned into one, but vowel assimilation later turned the first syllable into a closed [e]. It means "gentlemen" 🕵🏼🕵🏼 #sing #singing #singers #singer #french #learn #teach #opera #music #musician #musicians #classicalmusic #happy #love #fun #amazing #instagood #instadaily #teaching #teacher #getit #nerd

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Opera of the Day 🎶 Le Portrait de Manon by Massenet. Beautiful one-act, this opera is the sequel to Massenet's famous Manon. Get your copy of the translation and IPA on frenchoperasbyelsa.com 😊 #opera #music #musician #musicians #art #artist #artists #classicalmusic #instagood #instadaily #fun #happy #love #listen #newyork #newyorkcity #teacher #study #learn #getit #yes #thebest #picture #photo

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Vowel of the Day 🤓 [ɥ] often seen with an [i] sound after: [ɥi]. This sound is basically a glide of the vowel [y], so you need your tongue in a tall [I] position and your lips in a closed [o]. The goal in words like "suis" "puis" "huit", etc is not the [ɥ] but the [i] so always glide over the [ɥ] quickly to land on the [i] sound 👌🏼 #voice #sing #singer #singers #singing #opera #french #music #musician #musicians #art #artists #artist #newyork #instagood #instadaily #teacher #learn #study #love #fun #happy #amazing #getit #yes

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Opera of the Day 🗣 La Belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach 👑 Get your copy of the translation and IPA on frenchoperasbyelsa.com and get your tickets to see it performed at @operanorthnh this summer 👌🏼 #music #musicians #musician #art #artists #artist #sing #singing #opera #singer #singers #amazing #show #classicalmusic #instagood #instadaily #fun #happy #love #newyork #beautiful #getit #yes #thebest

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