Il Mio Tesoro, Aria of Don Giovanni

Il Mio Tesoro, Aria of Don Giovanni

Il Mio Tesoro, Aria of Don Giovanni

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Jean Paul Fouchécourt's masterclass

Produced by the Saline royale Academy French Music sheet annotated by  Jean Paul Fouchécourt  is available 22 min Voice

In this lesson, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt helps his student Florian Pereira improve his diction and refine his overall performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

Produced by the Saline royale Academy

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The masterclass

About this masterclass 

In this voice masterclass, Professor Jean-Paul Fouchécourt instructs student Florian Pereira on how to work on the notoriously difficult piece by Mozart, Don Giovanni. 

Pereira is told to pay attention to his Italian diction so that his singing is understandable to the audience, and to respect Mozart’s score and ornaments. Fouchécourt advises him to avoid slowing down too much, and sing every note, especially in the vocalizations. The singer must “act” the music and use the various vocalizations as opportunities to highlight emotions and intentions, just as an actor would. Pereira must remember to open his throat, sing in a “pearly” fashion. Additionally, the student is encouraged to exaggerate a little bit, as Mozart often does. 

What we learn in this masterclass 

  1. Diction and singing every note. 

  2. Maintaining the tempo.

  3. "Acting" the vocalizations to demonstrate the emotional range.

  4. Respecting Mozart's score and ornamentation. 

  5. Posture. 

Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

Don Giovanni is one of the most famous and influential operas of all time. Mozart was commissioned to write the piece in 1787, after the composer’s success in Prague. It premiered and was well received by the public. The original score calls for double woodwinds, two horns, two trumpets, three trombones, timpani, basso continuo for the recitative, and the usual string section.

In two acts, the opera narrates the story of Don Giovanni, a young and arrogant nobleman, who abuses and outrages everyone else around him until he confronts something he cannot subdue. 

  • Date:13 April 2022
  • Producer: Produced by the Saline royale Academy
  • Duration:22 min
  • Spoken language:French

Sheet music

Aim for excellence! You can improve your skills with expert advice. Download the annotated sheet music of this masterclass for voice. Please note that this piece has been annotated in accordance to Jean-Paul Fouchécourt’s feedback and comments.

Sheet music il mio tesoro, aria of don giovanni

Jean Paul Fouchécourt

Jean Paul Fouchécourt

He is now passing on his experience to the younger generation and has been directing the destiny of the Studio de l'Opéra de Lyon (SOL) since the 2010-2011 season.

Jean-Paul Fouchécourt has gained an international reputation by his portraits of Platté de Rameau and Arnalta (l’Incoronazione di Poppea) of Monteverdi, the 'character' roles, such as Offenbach's Four Valets (Offenbach's Tales), Chabrier's Phew (The Star), Ravel's Child and Spells and The Spanish Hour

Beginning his musical journey as a classical saxophonist and conductor, Fouchécourt became a singer after singer Cathy Berberian encouraged him to work on his voice. He made his debut in 1993 at the Amsterdam Opera with L'Incoronazione di Poppea alongside Christophe Rousset.

In 1996, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt was hired to sing the roles of Poulenc's Mamelles de Tirésias 'Husband' directed by Seiji Ozawa at the Saito Kinen Festival, which marked his international debut and provided him access to major venues, including but not limited to London's Covent Garden, New York City Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Opera Bastille, etc. He has also appeared at festivals in Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg, and more. He is a frequent guest of the Boston Symphonic, National of France, Vienna Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Furthermore, he has worked with prestigious conductors including Charles Dutoit, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Yannick Nézet- Seguin, James Levine, Antonio Pappano, and Sir Simon Rattle.

With over a hundred recordings, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt has a broad repertoire. He is delighted to pass on his experience to the younger generation, and has been working at the Studio de l'Opéra de Lyon (SOL) since 2011. He is a Knight in the National Order of Merit.

Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a great child prodigy of Western music and one of the most important musicians of Classicism. He wrote more than six hundred compositions and single-handedly developed and popularized the piano concerto. He was widely recognized during his lifetime, and is still regarded as the most universal composer in the history of classical music.

Born in 1756 to Anna Maria and Leopold Mozart in Salzburg, Austria, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s musical talents were recognized at an early age. By age four, the young prodigy began playing the harpsichord, and by five-years old he was composing pieces. The  Mozart family would make several trips throughout Europe to exhibit the young boy and his sister’s sensational virtuosity with the harpsichord and violin.

In later years, Mozart would enjoy a flourishing career in Vienna. He frequently performed as a pianist and was regarded as the most outstanding keyboard player in the city. In addition to his career as a performer, Mozart established himself as a fine composer. In 1782, he wrote the opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail, which was very successful. Other renowned operas written by the rising composer included Le Nozze de Figaro (1786), Don Giovanni (1787), and Cósi fan Tutte (1790).

The death of his father in 1787 may have marked the decline of Mozart’s career. He composed very few works, suffered many financial problems, and in 1791 during a visit in Prague for the premier  of his opera  La clemenza di Tito, Mozart became very ill. In his final days, Mozart was preoccupied with completing his final oeuvre : Requiem in D Minor, K. 626. Unfortunately, he was unable to complete this piece (it was later finished by his student Franz Xaver Süssmayr) as he passed away on December 5th, 1791 possibly of rheumatic fever, however the official cause is unknown.

Despite Mozart’s tragic early demise, the brilliant instrumentalist and composer left an unparalleled legacy. He was a gifted composer all around and wrote in every major genre including but not limited to symphonies, operas, solo concertos, sonatas, masses and more. His influence is wide and profound, and his music continues to be recognized and celebrated for its ingenuity.

 

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