An Introduction to the Bel Canto Technique

As a banker and business attorney, Joseph Solfanelli has provided legal counsel to clients ranging from a small community bank to the country’s largest anthracite coal company. In his free time, attorney Joseph Solfanelli enjoys attending live classical music and opera performances.

Most often translated from the Italian as “beautiful singing,” the bel canto technique is one of opera’s most beloved traditions. The technique developed from an aesthetic that prioritized a smooth sound throughout the vocal range as well as the ability of a singer to embellish a melodic line with runs, trills, and other auditory accessories. Early bel canto singers trained in vocal agility and lightness of tone, particularly in the upper registers.

Bel canto remained the ideal operatic technique into the 19th century, when larger orchestras and grander opera houses inspired grander works. Lengthy melodies required the skill of subtle breathing, while dramatic intensity asked bel canto singers to adopt a powerful sound when needed. Today’s bel canto singers must be able to perform works in both styles, from the floridly embellished to the dark and intense. In showcasing a complex and artful melody, the vocalist shows audiences how “beautiful singing” and beautiful music become two parts of a whole.


New Center for Holistic Health at University of Scranton

With an office based in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Attorney Joseph Solfanelli draws on approximately four decades of experience. Alongside his private practice, he has worked with First Liberty Bank and Allied Services for the Handicapped. Attorney Joseph Solfanelli earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Scranton and his JD from Catholic University of America’s Columbus School or Law.

A Jesuit school, the University of Scranton provides opportunities for learning that fit the idea of cura personalis, originated by the order’s founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola. Cura personalis is a Latin phrase meaning care of the whole person. St. Ignatius coined the phrase when he wrote a letter to one of the members of his order, encouraging him to take better care of his health.

As part of this mission to care for the whole person, the University of Scranton has begun planning a new center for rehabilitation education. The center will include the departments of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and exercise science. It will serve both graduate and undergraduate students, providing them with necessary training to become holistic and ethical practitioners.

Planned Gifts to The Salvation Army

Attorney Joseph Solfanelli practices business law, focusing in the areas of contract disputes, acquisitions, and corporate governance, among others. Additionally, attorney Joseph Solfanelli is active with a number of charitable and community organizations and serves as a board member for The Salvation Army of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

With 7,546 locations in the Unites States, The Salvation Army is able to reach large numbers of people across the country. Its centers perform a variety of services to the community, including food distribution and rehabilitation services for individuals who need to get back on their feet. In addition to helping adults, The Salvation Army also operates children- and family-centered programs such as youth camps and outreach programs for the homeless.

The Salvation Army relies on donations to provide its services, and as such it maintains a team of planning advisors to help donors maximize their assistance to the organization. By working with The Salvation Army’s team of planned giving advisors, individuals can create planned gifts such as bequests in a will and gift annuities. Individuals interested in making a planned gift should contact their local Salvation Army chapters to learn more about the process.

Opportunities for Supporting the Scranton Cultural Center

Attorney Joseph Solfanelli has been practicing law for more than four decades. The Pennsylvania-based business lawyer got his start at a law firm in New York City before opening his own firm in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he has practiced since 1975. In addition to his career as an attorney, Joseph Solfanelli enjoys participating in his community, and is a member of the Scranton Cultural Center in Pennsylvania.

The Scranton Cultural Center is a performance arts center that hosts numerous musical and theatrical performances year-round. Located inside of a Masonic Temple dating back to 1930, the center also continues to host the activities of the local Masonic Fraternity. As a member-supported organization, the center relies in large part on community contributions. There are several donation opportunities available through the center for various causes, including the Matthew F. Flynn Scholarship Fund, which helps enable all children to have equal access to art programs the facility hosts each year. Other opportunities for giving include two different building restoration funds, which help preserve the historic, Neo-Gothic architecture which houses the center and make necessary repairs and renovations, and several patron and membership packages ranging from $25-500, all with a variety of benefits and discounts. For more information, visit

Ballet From the 1500s Through the Present

With more than three decades of experience in the legal profession, attorney Joseph Solfanelli practices law in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he has owned his law firm since 1975. His extensive career has included many successful legal cases. Apart from his work as an attorney, Joseph Solfanelli enjoys watching ballet, a form of dance which dates back to the 15th century.

Ballet first arose during the Italian Renaissance. The courts often hosted elaborate dances for noblemen and women, and it was at these gatherings that master dancers began teaching ballet-style dances for the court to partake in. Later, ballet was funded for performances in the French courts by Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henry II. King Louis XIV spread the dance even further in the 17th century by his own participation in it, which created standards for ballet that set it on a path as a dance requiring more training and skill.

In the 1700s, Jean Georges Noverre gave the dance recognition as its own art, since previously, ballet had mostly accompanied opera. He developed a form of ballet called ballet d’action, which tells a story using dramatic motion and expression. Throughout the next century, ballet picked up more and more momentum, taking shape as a romantic art form. During the same era, pointe ballet and costumes like tutus developed. Once Russia picked up on the dance, challenging leaps and turns were incorporated and practiced regularly. Today, ballet blends many of its historic influences.

A History of Opera

With over three decades of experience practicing law, attorney Joseph Solfanelli is a Pennsylvania-based business lawyer. When not focused on his career as an attorney, Joseph Solfanelli enjoys a number of hobbies and interests, including opera and classical music. Below are are some of the major points in the history of opera:

-Late Renaissance and Baroque: The first era of opera occurred from the late 1500s to the early 1700s. Claudio Monteverdi and George Frideric Handel were among the prominent composers, often working with themes of religion and mythology.

-Classical: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Christoph Willibald Cluck were among this period’s composers who began rejecting standards set by the baroque period, with pieces often being more simple and easy to follow.

-Bel Canto: Gioacchino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini helped shape this era, showcasing singers’ voices more prominently than before. Larger vocal ranges were employed in the period’s pieces, which were often stories of passion and romance.

-Opera on a Grand Scale: Major composers in the mid to late 1800s included Guiseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, with large casts and orchestras, elaborate sets and costumes, and dramatic plots being prominent.

-Verismo: Pietro Mascagni and Giacomo Puccini were key players in developing Verismo, which means “realism.” Composers took inspiration from everyday life by portraying cultural and social issues in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

-American Opera: Often blurring the lines between musical theatre and opera with its modern themes, George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, and Aaron Copland are primary composers in this period.

Boy Scouts of America Reveals Theme for 2017 National Scout Jamboree

With decades of experience in general business law, Attorney Joseph Solfanelli is admitted to practice in New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, and the District of Columbia. Attorney Joseph Solfanelli has also contributed to the community as a board member with the Boy Scouts of America.

In a recent press release, the Boy Scouts of America announced the official theme Live Scouting’s Adventure for its 2017 National Scout Jamboree. The National Scout Jamboree is a celebration of Scouting that takes place every four years with participants from around the country including Venturers, Scouts, staff, and volunteers. For the 2017 event, the Live Scouting’s Adventure theme represents the organization’s longtime practice of sponsoring outdoor opportunities for its members and creating adventures that foster future leaders.

The 2017 National Scout Jamboree will take place at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in the New River Gorge region of West Virginia. With more than 10,000 acres of land, the property features zip line courses, long stretches of mountain bike trails, and shooting sports ranges. Participants can also enjoy activities such as rock climbing, kayaking, and bouldering.