the Virtuoso Obbligato Aria Collection
Virtuoso Obbligato Aria Collection is a collection of original arias
from oratorio, opera and musical theater for voice, cello and keyboard.
The arias have not previously appeared in any cello anthology in the
original format. They were not readily available for purchase, yet appear
on cello audition lists. These solos are not generally taught in the
studio, but are eventually encountered through the course of one's career.
Voice and cello teachers, vocal coaches, choral and opera directors,
chamber music coaches, and libraries have shared how invaluable the
collection has been as a research, teaching, & performance guide,
and time saver. Cellists may use the collection to learn these works
thoroughly, eliminating last minute anxiety before a rehearsal, performance,
solo voice & cello parts are original settings with orchestral
accompaniment in the keyboard part. Each work provides repertoire
with audience appeal
and satisfies an artist's role as soloist and chamber musician. The
cello obbligato part is a showpiece for the cellist, not merely
continuo line providing only rhythmic and harmonic support for the
voice. Performances of the collection have been enthusiastically
Austria, at the Aspen Music Festival, Houston, San Antonio, Chicago,
Urbana, Bloomington, Peoria, and Charleston, Illinois.