CO.AS.IT. invites you to the presenta­tion of the trilogy

  • A History of Vocal Pedagogy: Intuition and Sci­ence
  • Vocal Sci­ence for Elite Sing­ers
  • Italian Bel Canto in the Age of Vocal Sci­ence

By Maestro Joseph Talia OAM


Guest speakers:

  • Dr David Kram
  • Garry Krauss AM, Director, The Production Company
  • Dr Debbie Phyland, Speech Pathologist, Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre

With the participation of:

  • Salvatore Granata, Tenor
  • Suzanne Harvey, Soprano
  • Katherine Gray, Mezzo Soprano
  • George Alexander, Baritone
  • Accompanied by Meredith Talia

CO.AS.IT., 199 Faraday Street, Carlton, VIC 3053

Tuesday 18 February 2020, 6.30-8PM

Light re­freshments served. RSVP coasit.com.au

Dr Joseph Talia OAM, Opera singer and conductor, artis­tic director, teacher and scholar has pro­duced a trilogy that celebrates opera and the art of singing, and pays tribute to our great artists, composers, singing teachers and researchers over the last 450 years. His trilogy has been critically acclaimed in Australia and internationally and his books have been adopted as official texts for a number of vocal pedagogy courses, including a number of ivy colleges in the US.

A History of Vocal Pedagogy: Intuition and Science, begins in 1562 with the first physiological treatise of Giovanni Camillo Maffei, and takes us on an inspiring journey of 450 years. The book addresses the ideas and techniques of all major composers, vocal pedagogues and great artists over the last 450 years. The technical discussions never lose sight of Tosi’s dictum that “the heart is the greatest of teachers”.

Vocal Science for Elite Singers presents a series of colourful characters, whose hard work and unrelenting pursuit of excellence have  made an enduring contribution to the art of singing. Talia proclaims the value of physiological and scientific work and is passionate about its possibilities. However, he is persuaded that you can only produce elite singers when this knowledge is combined with intuition and passion.

In Italian Bel Canto in the Age of Vocal Science, Joseph Talia critically evaluates the modern Italian school of bel canto, its connections to the past and challenges for the future. The aim of this volume is to explore the trajectory of the old bel canto school, with its proven techniques, vocalizzi and ornamental fioritura, as it progresses towards a new, modern Italian School dominated by scientific knowledge and methodology and physiological objectivity.

Joseph Talia

For over forty years Joseph Talia has sung, directed and conducted opera, as well as achieving a PhD from La Trobe University on the issue of Cultural Hegemony and the Economics of the Performing Arts. He began his career in Melbourne, studied in Milan, was engaged to sing at the Teatro Eliseo in Rome, and has performed as a concert artist in Milan and Vercelli. His repertoire consists of fifty major tenor roles. He has been involved in over 140 opera productions and has directed such masterpieces as La Bohème, Carmen, Andrea Chenier, Tosca and La Rondine. Dr Talia was artistic director of the Globe Opera Company for ten years, followed by Melbourne City Opera from 1997 to 2015. He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2007 for his dedicated services to opera. He currently maintains a successful Voice studio in Melbourne, where in addition to his regular students he teaches visiting singers from New Zealand, Europe, Japan and Korea. He has taught five Sun Aria winners and two Reserve Award recipients, plus many other competitions winners. His students have sung in Australian and European Opera Houses, as well as Broadway and London’s West End. He is also in high demand as an adjudicator of international competitions, such as the Paolo Tosti in Ortona, the Mattia Battistini in Rieti, and the İzmir International in Turkey. He has conducted international masterclasses all over Europe.