FOR YOUR GRAMMY® CONSIDERATION
Stephen Powell baritone
Steven White conductor
LC2307 - 6/30/2023
© ℗ 2023 Lexicon Classics
Executive Producer: Gillian Riesen
Producer: Jonathan Estabrooks
Mixing/Mastering Engineer: Mark Donahue
Artwork: Emitha LLC
Photography: Sue Reno
NOTES ON THE ALBUM
/’ärk(ə),tīp/ - a very typical example of a certain person or thing. An original that has been imitated. A recurrent symbol or motif of literature, art, or mythology.
ARCHETYPE is somewhat autobiographical in that most of the selections on this album I have sung numerous times onstage within the opera or oratorio from which they were composed. It is also a template for a baritone’s journey - technically, musically, stylistically, linguistically, historically - a typical list of pieces from the Baroque period through present day, representing some of the greatest operas and oratorios ever created.
Every singer’s career journey is different, as individual as the voice they possess. The repertoire chosen, the advice taken (or rejected), perseverance, self-confidence, family support, genetics, mental strength, and the willingness to do the tedious, years-long work; all these elements are factors on the long road to a successful career as a performer. There is no one path, no perfect or singular way to attain and maintain a career as a classical singer. But the one thing that does define longevity, success, and consistency as a singer? Technique.
Technique is the foundation upon which artistry is built. Knowing how to use the body in the production of sound and choosing the proper repertoire at the right time is critical to maintaining that technique and consequently the vocal health and ability to sing varying repertoire as both body and voice age and mature. If we perfect this as a young person and select each piece and role in the right sequence, coupled with good fortune in overall physical health, we can continue to sing at a high level into our 60’s and 70’s.
The opportunity to live life as a performer is a privilege and an honor, for which I am deeply grateful. I hope you enjoy this music as much as I have.
Peace. Love. Joy.