Bel Canto – ‘Bel canto’ is the Italian vocal technique and style of the 18th and early 19th centuries, with emphasis on beauty of sound, thus the term which literally means ‘beautiful singing’. More specifically, it is the method of singing a line of music with great ‘legato’ or smoothness. It is a highly artistic technique and the only proper one for Italian opera and Mozart. Legato phrasing, a rounded tone and immaculate articulation are just three to mention. What is important is the foundation that this method can provide for a strong vocal technique for ANY KIND of singing. This does not mean that anyone exposed to ‘bel canto’ will sound like an opera singer. The principles’ of ‘bel canto’ benefit everyone.