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When a Mezzo

By Gary D. Belshaw (ASCAP)

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Piano Accompaniment, Mezzo-soprano Voice
Composed by Gary D. Belshaw (ASCAP). Opera, Musicals, TV. Sheet Music Single. 8 pages. Published by Gary D. Belshaw Music (S0.152651).

Item Number: S0.152651

     Are mezzo sopranos known ONLY for singing the Habanera? Of course not, but it is one of their most requested arias.
     So, dispel the misinformation! Clear the air! Defend your mighty status as a Mezzo Soprano with this veritable laugh riot of an aria. “When a Mezzo directs an opera” is your opportunity to promote the splendor of this wonderful voice type, to take your stand, and assume your place among the most noble, most intellectually stable, and most erudite soprano - well, at least the most likely to survive at the hands of some tenor!
     The first aria to be published from Gary Belshaw’s hilarious Two Act Music Comedy, Incident at Burro Java (coming soon to Sheet Music Plus, “When a Mezzo” will delight your audience during a recital or as part of an Opera Workshop or Opera Scenes program. The role was created in April 2016 by Cloyce Kuhnert, a director of opera herself. Cloyce brought a lot of personal experience to the role in the premiere. The more you know about opera and opera plots, the more often you’ll laugh. But you don’t have to be an aficionado to have a tough time singing some of these lines without snickering or outright bursting with laughter yourself. And we all know what snickering can do to your vocal apparatus, right?!
     The audio clip is from the premiere of the music comedy Incident at Burro Java. Cloyce Kuhnert is the mezzo on the recording, and the Plainview Symphony Orchestra was conducted by the composer.

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