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IPA Source was developed to benefit singers, teachers, and all those interested in the correct and knowledgeable performance of vocal literature. What started in 2003 as a support site for students in a university diction class has grown into the largest collection of literal translations and International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions on the web. The goal of IPA Source is to promote the comprehension and accurate pronunciation of foreign language texts in art song and opera in order that the singer may imbue each syllable with the appropriate emotional content.  

Who we are
IPA Source is written and maintained by Bard Suverkrop who holds degrees in voice and opera from the University of Cincinnati where he was the pupil of the Italian bass, Italo Tajo. Mr. Suverkrop received his advanced vocal training in Europe from Hans Hotter and Josef Metternich. After an extensive European career in opera at such opera houses as Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hannover, and Heidelberg, he returned to the United States where he has taught voice, vocal pedagogy, diction, and opera at Butler University, Shenandoah University, Miami University, and the University of Southern California. He is a long-time member of the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and has acted as stage director and the Director of Theatre Arts at the Bay View Music Festival. An active recitalist, Mr. Suverkrop has been heard in concert in Europe, the United States and Asia where he has twice represented the United States in the International Friendship Concerts in Tokyo, Japan. (Latin, Italian, German, French, and English literature)

Dr. Suzanne Draayer (Spanish literature) is a professor of music at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota and one of the world's foremost experts on Spanish literature. Dr. Draayer frequently performs Spanish vocal literature and has written extensively on the subject including articles for the Journal of Singing and the Classical Singer. Dr. Draayer has studied Spanish and Ladino diction with Nico Castel, multilinguist and diction coach at the Metropolitan Opera. Additionally, she has studied Spanish at La Escuela Carmen de las Cuevas, in Granada, Spain, at the Berceo Institute in Salamanca, Spain, and in language schools in Córdoba and Sevilla, Spain. Dr. Draayer's print publications include A Singer's Guide to the Songs of Joaquín Rodrigo (Scarecrow Press, 1999), three volumes of Canciones de España (Scarecrow Press, 2005-2007), and the Art song Composers of Spain   (Scarecrow Press, 2009). Dr. Draayer's CD, Under a Spanish Moon includes thirty-three of Joaquin Rodrigo's eighty-seven songs.

The future of IPA Source
IPA Source offers texts to works for the solo voice in Latin, Italian, German, French, Spanish, and English. Our guiding principle is to offer great depth of literature in each language before adding new "singing" languages.

View a partial list of our institutional subscribers here.