Lisette Oropesa, Lawrence Brownlee & Angela Meade Lead Bel Canto in Thirty Minutes

By Francisco Salazar

Teatro Nuovo has announced the release of Bel Canto in Thirty Minutes, premiering Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. on YouTube Live.

The new video production is set to feature the first-ever complete recording of Nicola Vaccai’s “Practical Method of Italian Singing,” a delicious collection of miniature arias that has been a cornerstone of Bel Canto training for nearly two centuries.

The recording will feature 22 singers including Santiago Ballerini, Lawrence Brownlee, Teresa Castillo, Junhan Choi, Georgia Jarman, Alisa Jordheim, Hannah Ludwig, Christine Lyons, Megan Marino, Dorian McCall, Madison Marie McIntosh, Angela Meade, Tamara Mumford, Lisette Oropesa, Daniel Mobbs, Jennifer Rowley, Nicholas Simpson, Michael Spyres, Derrek Stark, Alina Tamborini, Hans Tashjian, and Meigui Zhang. Artistic Director Will Crutchfield leads the recording.

In a press release, Crutchfield said, “This is the moment when the world heads back to school for the fall, and when rehearsals should be underway for opera seasons everywhere. Since all of that has been disrupted by the pandemic, I thought we should share some great music meant to be sung at home, and written for study and practice. As students have known since 1832, it’s also quite catchy, and as much fun as it is educational.”

The Teatro Nuovo noted that all singers donated their services, and Bel Canto in Thirty Minutes is offered to the opera public completely free of charge.

It will remain permanently available on YouTube after the premiere, and can also be accessed through