Scenen aus Goethes Faust: A performer's analysis. Page: 31
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baritone soloist. In this dramatically charged scene, Faust triumphantly proclaims his continued
desire to strive (even after being blinded by Sorge). This aria presents several challenges for the
singer's vocal technique. The heroic style of singing requires the soloist to sing with a fully
resonant sound that projects over the pronounced brass in the orchestra as well as portraying the
level of dramatic intensity inherent in the scene. In order to sing vigorously without sacrificing
beauty of tone, the singer must carefully balance this type of energized singing with lyricism and
an ease of production. The demanding tessitura of Faust's vocal line often centers around D
sharp and E natural (with an optional high G sharp) requiring the singer to carefully negotiate the
transition into the passaggio through balanced registration.
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