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    Ruggiero Wiki-transl.Cendrillon Wiki-transl.
    Maleine research (Maeterlinck, Grimm, etc.)
    Maleine Libretto  Score Act I  Act II
    Mrs. President Libretto  Background Info
    Cendrillon Score

    Important 2019 Dates/Locations

    Italian Classes w/ Lucy Yates
    Saturday, April 20 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Class 1 – location TBD
    Rafforzamenti handout

    Baroque Style Class w/ Charlie Weaver
    Sunday, April 28 – 11am – 2 p.m. – 255 Cabrini Blvd. #5H

    Character through Movement and Text w/ Chuck Hudson
    Saturday, May 18 – Friday, May 24: Pearl Studios, 8th Ave.

    La liberazione di Ruggiero: 
    Prima la musica (paper scores are in; PDFs have been sent – email if you have not received it)
    Princess Maleine: PV Score and front matter (6/26)  Errata sheet
    Cendrillon: public domain; final version integrated with dialogue
    Dialogue in FRENCH – please memorize as printed in the above version.
    Mary Queen of ScotsAct III excerpt  Full Opera Libretto
    Mrs. President: Act I excerpt

    Send email to with 2 – 3 specific choices for EACH of your coachings, spread out over the next 10 weeks or so; if your work progresses quickly and you are well prepared for each session, more coachings will be granted for additional polishing work. The coaching allotment is a minimum. All coachings at my studio:  255 Cabrini Blvd. #5H; corner of 187th. A train to 181st (north/front end); elevator on the right after the turnstiles up to Ft. Washington Ave.; exiting station go right (north) 1 long block to 187th; left on 187th one short block to intersection – building is on the right – phone: 917 232-6273

    AVAILABLE COACHING TIMES (all slots 90 minutes):

    No coaching times remain with Chris Fecteau prior to July 1.  To request coaching times between July 1 and 7, please email me with as many options as possible.

    archived 2017 information

    Early Baroque Style Class    VIDEO Part I   Part II   Part III   Part IV
    Charlie’s Style Handout   –   17th Century Musical/Rhetorical Cliches
    Great website for Baroque resources: Toronto Continuo Collective

    Italian Classes w/ Lucy Yates:  Saturdays, April 1, 8, 15 — 11 – 2 p.m. @ 255 Cabrini Blvd. #5H
    Class 1 VIDEO Sadly, audio failed
    Class 2 VIDEO  Part 1    Part 2    Part 3
    Class 3 VIDEO  Part 1   Part 2 (labeled 3 on Youtube)  Part 3  (Youtube 4)  Part 4  (Youtube 5)
    Florio’s 1611 Italian/English Dictionary
    Archaic Italian Verb Forms
    Verb Mood Chart  
    PDF   –   PowerPoint
    Montessori Parts of Speech

    Czech “Boot Camp”
    Handouts:  Alphabet/Pronunciation  –   Vowel Length/Tongue Twisters    –   Dvorak: Písne milostné (Love Songs)
    Poetry reading (short/long vowels)  –   Kozena singing Dvorak
    Online Czech Dictionary
    Recommended Recording (for Czech) Mackerras (cond.)/Popp (Vixen)
    Class 1 VIDEO Part I  Part II   Part III   Part IV
    Class 2 VIDEO  Part 1    Part 2   Part 3     Part 4
    Class 3 VIDEO Part I  Part II  Part III   Part IV

    Other Resources

    • A History of Private Life (5 vols. – out of print but avail. used)
    • “Ovid’s Gaze” by Wendy Heller
      The Janacek Opera Libretti: Translations & Pronunciations (Vol. 1: Příhody lišky Bystroušky/The Cunning Little Vixen) by Timothy Cheek.  Scarecrow Press, 2003
      Online, downloadable libretto and translation of Příhody lišky Bystroušky (5th on the page)
      Original Cunning Vixen story by Tesnohlidek, translated by Firkusny, Morgan & Jones, illustrated by Sendak
      Singing in Czech by Timothy Cheek. Scarecrow Press, 2001.
      David Stech’s Vixen Recording Recommendations:
    • Mackerras, Vienna Phil, Popp, etc.
    • Neumann, Prague Nat. Theater
      Native Czech cast: while the voices aren’t as spectacular they’re still pretty terrific!


    Individual Coachings

    Production Logistics

    Costume Measurement Worksheet
    Bios Style Sheet

    2016 Resources

    Prevost, Manon Lescaut (Waddell translation, 1935) Book I  Book II
    Murger, Scenes de la Vie de Boheme (Marriage/Selwyn transl., 1901) various formats
    Kushner: Erotic Exchanges: The World of Elite Prostitution in Eighteenth Century Paris (Cornell University Press) Amazon listing (Victoria Crutchfield’s recommended reading at least for Manon, Poussette, Javotte, Rosette)

    Nicholas John, Violetta and Her Sisters (Faber & Faber, 1994)  Full text (PDF)
    “How Tuberculosis Shaped Victorian Fashion” (Smithsonian magazine)
    Splendeurs et Miseres (overview of the Musee d’Orsay exhibition “L’art de prostitution”)

    Manon Resources from Victoria!

    The Draughtsman’s Contract on YouTube – this is a little earlier than our period (the wigs for men by 1730 are muuuuuch smaller), but it is still a good reference for movement.A scene from Barry Lyndon on YouTube – this is exactly our period!
    The Elegant Art of Movement by Alicia Annas (excerpts)
    Victoria’s Pinterest board of Rococo poses – still images can be helpful too, although many of these are a little later than our period.

    Italian Resources

    Scioglilingua Exercise (tongue twisters for fun and practice)

    Grammar references

    Big Green Book of Italian Verbs by Katrin Maes-Christie and Daniel Franklin Marcello Sensini.
    Grammar and Translation for the Italian Libretto by Richard M. Berrong. Excalibur Publishing. 1996.
    Grammatica italiana.  Milano: Mondador Scuola. 1990
    Archaic Italian Verb Forms

    Location for Classes and Rehearsals:

    • 255 Cabrini Blvd. #5H (Chris Fecteau’s home/studio): DIRECTIONS: A train to 181st (front/north of train); elevator up to Fort Washington Ave.; exiting the station, go right one long block; left on 187th one short block; building on the right under scaffolding is ours!  917 232-6273
    • 353 Studios = 353 W. 48th St., 2nd Floor
    • Alvin Ailey Studios = 405 W. 55th St. (ask at desk for studio #)
    • Shetler Studios = 244 W. 54th St., 12th Floor
    • City Center = 130 W. 56th St., 4th Floor
    • Pearl Studios, 519 and 520 8th Ave. (various floors)

    Bios and Headshots due May 1

    Please send BOTH in one email if possible.
    – Before submitting your bio, please refer to our STYLE SHEET. We may exercise the option to return your bio for editing. Bio must be written to refer BACKWARDS from August 12, 2017 (projects occurring between now and then should be referred to in past tense). Final version will have approval right by artist.
    – Headshots (preferably vertical/portrait layout) should be in .jpg format, as high-resolution as you have. We reserve the right to crop and edit as necessary for the program book; photos generally posted ‘as-is’ on the website.