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About Robert Cowart

Bob Cowart

Robert Cowart is the Italian diction coach for "Si parla, si canta." He works in all aspects of the language-voice connection: diction, interpretation of text, and vowel resonance, which he believes to be the basis of the Italian vocal tradition. He is currently a faculty member of the Juilliard School and a former faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, and the Curtis Institute. Since 1981 he has coached in the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, where he holds the title Head of Linguistic Studies.

Robert has been associated with numerous summer programs for singers, including the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Montreal, Puerto Rico and Japan, the Chautauqua Institute, the Aspen Festival, the Blossom Festival, the Opera Foundation of Australia, the European Center for Opera and Vocal Art, and the Tanglewood Festival.

A passionate linguist, Robert speaks seven languages fluently, but will probably have added another one or two by the time you read this.

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