From Farinelli to Frank Sinatra, the influence of Bel Canto is widespread and long-lived. It is a singing style which has relevance and merit for all singers - not just classical. In this clear, and concise book, Michelle Nova and Patricia Collins examine the origins and history of Bel Canto - taking into account the subtle changes in terminology and phrasing over the generations - and explain vocal anatomy and show how to apply Bel Canto technique. Thereafter, they give practical information on word sounds, how to sing a song, methods of preparation, and learning techniques. Also included are valuable appendices covering vocal exercises and examples of singers who themselves use Bel Canto technique.