The IPA Project

IPA to Listen and Read

This project aims to help singers familiarize with the characteristics and nuances of Italian lyric diction. In each video, the IPA transcription is synchronized with the voice of a native Italian singer, allowing the listener to focus primarily on the pronunciation. 

Free for Everyone!

Dozens of videos are available on my You Tube channel for everybody to enjoy. The list is constantly growing, and several playlists are available. 

The Specifics...

All the IPA transcriptions include assimilation of “n” and phrasal doubling (rafforzamento sintattico), which is the lengthening of many word-initial consonants when preceded by specific words.

The symbol [‿] is used to connect the final vowel of a word with the initial vowel of the following word when the two sounds should be sung as a diphthong, with no interruption or glottal stop. When the second vowel is the same, I decided to transcribed the two words as one unique word, again to help singers not to add any glottal stops. The singer will see the word with two accent marks, deriving from the two separated words.

The diacritical mark [ː] is here used only to elongate a vowel in the case of diphthong. In order to keep the IPA transcription as functional and easy to follow as possible, I decided not to add [ː] after stressed open syllables (those that end in a vowel.) I trust the singers will not anticipate the single consonant, keep the preceding vowel as long as possible.

Double consonants are here indicated with double letters.

A Growing Number of Playlists!

Enjoy my IPA transcription of the whole volume "24 Italian Songs and Arias of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries" (Schirmer).
This is a must-know collection, for both College students and amateurs.

A collection of favorites songs and aria. Includes masterpieces such by Ruggero Leoncavallo (1857-1819), or Georg Friederich Händel.

This playlist includes masterpiece arias from Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro" (The Marriage of Figaro).

This IPA video collection includes art songs by the Italian composer Stefano Donaudy (1879-1925)

Considered the leading "specialist of the Italian art-song," the Italian composer Francesco Paolo Tosti (1846-1910) wrote exclusively for voice and piano, producing more than 500 titles. The collection includes such masterpieces as Sogno, Non t'amo più, La serenata, Malìa, and Mattinata.