B1501. GIOVANNI BATTISTA LAMPERTI. Vocal Wisdom – Maxims of Giovanni Battista Lamperti. New York, William Earl Brown, 1953 [Reprint of the 1931 Edition]. 128pp.
“Giovanni Battista Lamperti was born in 1839 in Milan to Italian singing teacher Francesco Lamperti. A student and later accompanist for his father at the conservatory, Giovanni knew better than anyone else the method his father taught (which he claimed descended from the great castrato-teacher Antonio Bernacchi). Appropriating it for teaching his own students, Giovanni also began teaching voice at the Milan conservatory and then for 20 years in Dresden, followed by Berlin. His preferred teaching arrangement was having three or four students present at each lesson: each would get their turn while the others observed and learned thereby. He was said to be a strict, exacting instructor not given to flattery, but who enthusiastically praised his students upon exceptional achievement. Many of Giovanni’s students became international opera stars including Irene Abendroth, Marcella Sembrich, Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Roberto Stagno, David Bispham, etc.”
- H. P. Casavant