Vocal Edge: Aria Ready, is the first classical focused spin-off from the hugely successful Vocal Edge competition.

Launched on July 2nd 2017, Season One of VE: AR took the classical realm of Smule by storm and got off to a great start with some amazing pieces of music.

Whilst waiting for the  competition to begin, the judges flexed their vocal muscles with some Mozart.

Confutatis Maledictus - Aria Ready Judges
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Round One

Crossing Over

with Vocal Edge

The eager classical contestants were eased into the style, with the music of classical crossover artists...

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Featured Track:

Con Te Partiro (Time To Say Goodbye) - Nelly
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Round Two 

Blurred Lines

No... Not Robin Thicke in a classical style...  Sometimes songs can have blurred lines.  Is it classical? Is it operetta?  It is musical theatre?  Is it a hymn or folk song?!?!  These subjects of controversial classification were the next task for our vocalists.

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Featured Track:

Klänge der Heimat - Stephanie
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Round Three

If It Ain't Baroque...

Our contestants certainly didn't need fixing.
Tasked with singing songs from the Baroque period, they continued to shine

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Featured Track:

Bist du bei mir - Vi
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Round Four

Oh No... Not Again!

Next we revisited the song collection that almost every vocal student has sung from at one time or another, whether they liked it or not.  The book of Twenty Four Italian Songs and Arias.

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Featured Track:

Lasciatemi Morire - Vi
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Round Five

Isn't It Romantic?

Next on our tour of the classical music genre, was a pitstop at the romantic period - not all about love songs, but the music of this period did focus more on expression than technique, and had some wonderful pieces, as usual, performed beautifully by our contestants.

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Featured Track:

Till En Ros (Opus 8) - Nina
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Finals

Death By Aria

Our gruelling finale required contestants to perform two contrasting arias, composed at least 50 years apart...

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