This research gathers the stories of world-famous operatic baritone, Giuseppe De Luca (1876-1950), through his student, Charles Guild Reading (born 1921). These narratives are explored through the teacher-student relationship of De Luca and Reading by way of the teacher-student relationship shared by Charles Reading and Deborah Andrews. The stories are followed by supporting scholarly and historical literature and then reflected upon by the author as to their possible implications on the past and present classical singing and vocal pedagogical communities. The study also contains a CD De Luca's recordings 1907-1947. The document addresses the vocal pedagogical lineage beginning with De Luca's teacher, Venceslao Persichini (1827-1897), who also taught two other renowned baritones, Mattia Battistini (1856-1928) and Titta Ruffo (1877-1950). The vocal heritage also includes Charles Reading, taught by De Luca, and Deborah Andrews (born 1954), taught by Reading. The final chapter of the book includes a description of young baritone, Michael Hanuna, being taught by Andrews, with her teacher, Charles Reading, observing this lesson and contributing his own teaching expertise.
The study also contains a CD of recordings made by Giuseppe De Luca between the years 1907 and 1947, which has been remastered by Grammy award winner, Ward Marston. Along with the CD is the printed musical score for each of the recorded arias as well as the author's analysis of how De Luca applied his vocal technique to the singing of these arias, with specific tenets and technical feats of 'bel canto' addressed. Themes that are presented in this narrative research include vocal pedagogical lineage, teacher-student relationships, vocal technique, collegial relationships formed out of mutual endeavors to understand bel canto technique and its application, and lastly, the legacy of this pedagogical lineage.