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25.04.2016 Meryl Streep: What makes a truly great singer? Update

Meryl Streep, Catherine Bott
Meryl Streep, Catherine Bott
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Classical Music, Sunday 1 May 2016, 9pm. The three-time Oscar winner chats with Catherine Bott about their favourite singers.
In a very special edition of Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Classical Music , Catherine Bott meets the acclaimed, multi-award winning actress Meryl Streep to tackle the question, "What makes a truly great singer?"

In her latest film, Meryl plays possibly the worst opera singer ever – Florence Foster Jenkins. She tells Catherine how she prepared for the role.

Both Meryl and Catherine are trained singers; they discuss what sets their favourite sopranos, including Renée Fleming and Jessye Norman, apart from the rest, and choose their favourite recordings.

 

Among the highlights in tonight's show:

Florence Foster Jenkins and Meryl Streep (as Florence) sing the Queen of the Night's aria from The Magic Flute by Mozart, and then we hear how it should be sung by Patricia Petibon.
Natalie Dessay sings 'The Bell Song' from Lakmé by Delibes 
Renée Fleming and Susan Graham sing the 'Flower Duet' from Lakmé by Delibes
Meryl Streep (as Florence Foster Jenkins) and Lesley Garrett sing 'Adele’s Laughing Song' from Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II
Jessye Norman sings Sunset from Four Last Songs by Richrad Strauss
Joyce DiDonato sings 'Life Upon the Wicked Stage' by Jerome Kern
Judi Dench sings 'Send in the Clowns' from A Little Night Music by Sondheim
Joan Sutherland sings ‘Sempre Libera ’ from La Traviata by Verdi

and Meryl Streep particularly loves this version of 'Vissi d'Arte' from Puccini's Tosca, sung by Maria Callas

1. Get in touch with your inner child (audio)

‘Everybody wants to sing,’ says Meryl – it’s only when children grow up that they suddenly become shy. So, first of all, get in touch with your inner child.

 

2. Get a teacher… with a sense of humour (audio)

The first thing Meryl did when she realised she’d have to sing the notoriously difficult Queen of the Night’s aria from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, was get in touch with a great singing coach

 

3. Don’t compare yourself with your peers (audio)

Because you might be especially unlucky and find that your peers turn out to be professional opera singers like Beverly Sills…

 

4. Learn how to breathe (properly) (audio)

It’s not just a question of letting your lungs do their thing, you know

 

5. Have an idol (audio)

We all need someone to aspire to. For Meryl, it’s the iconic singer Jessye Norman

 

6. Discipline, discipline, discipline (audio)

Learn the art of getting to know a piece inside out and repeating it time and time again.

 

7. Do it for the love of it (audio)

Because it doesn’t get much better than making music for a living, after all

 

To hear Meryl Streep's interview in full join Catherine Bott for 'Everything you Ever Wanted to Know About Classical Music – A Meryl Streep Special' on Sunday 1st May, 9pm. The programme will include music by Mozart, Delibes, Richard Strauss, Puccini and Verdi and it promises to be a show not to be missed. Find out more here.


The film Florence Foster Jenkins is out on 6th May in the UK.

07.06.2016 11:06:36
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