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MasterClass Video Of The Day: Beyonce’s Dressing Room Performance


I haven’t had an opportunity to view Beyonce’s heralded stripped-down dressing room version of her new single, “1+1″.

However, when I listened to it this evening, I wish I had treated myself to this gem of a performance a few days ago. The song was recorded by her husband, Jay-Z, prior to her American Idol performance last Wednesday.

To say her singing was brilliant was an understatement. It is difficult to summarize and address the exceptional beauty of this acoustic performance.

Beyonce’s passion and artistry combined with the pitch perfect harmonic vocals of her background singers left me speechless.

To hear her vocalizing with such exquisite style and substance, without the assistance of fancy mikes and/or auto-tune, gives me hope for the future of vocal arts.

Special thank you to her husband for sharing this intimate performance of his wife to the world for all to cherish.

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

2 Responses to “MasterClass Video Of The Day: Beyonce’s Dressing Room Performance”

  1. I really don’t have words for this. I thought her performance on Idol was stunning, but this is nothing shy of brilliance. She doesn’t need to release these crazy produced songs. She has a spectacular voice. Singers like Beyoncé and Adele are definitely keeping the hope alive inside of this 18-year-old who is seriously disappointed by what’s become of pop music and radio.

    MCL, if you haven’t already seen, there’s a performance by Adele (not nearly as raw and intimate as this Beyoncé spectacle) singing on a rooftop and she sounds spectacular. Here’s the link if you would like to check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5Q_vPafYh4

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  2. Also, (not trying to take away from this beautiful Beyoncé video — just want to share the love of fantastic female artists that can actually sing!), there’s this performance by Adele in her home of her song “Someone Like You” that’s beyond wonderful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAc83CF8Ejk

    Anyway, I’ll say it again, words cannot describe Beyoncé’s dressing room performance. Her vocal chops are amazing.

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