FAQ

About me

Who are you?

I’m Stefano Lodola, an Italian tenor mainly active in Japan.

This website is my personal business, so it’s not really based anywhere. Personally, I’m somewhere in the Far East.

Service

Could you check my pronunciation?

In case of defects in the products, assistance is prompt and free.

If you wish to go into more depth, I also happen to give lessons on Skype.

What is in the audio guide?

The audio-guide is composed of the following files:

  • 1 audio file of inexpressive reading (MP3)*
  • 1 audio file of expressive reading (MP3)*

* In case of full opera roles or full operas, a pair of files for each scene is included.

Of the two audio files, one is a slow, inexpressive version, word by word; one is a moderately expressive version of the whole sentence. The lyrics are recited, not sung, the purpose being to learn how to pronounce and express the meaning, not to learn how to sing.

Notes:

  • We do not provide music, scores or instructions on singing. There are many publications and websites offering music sheets and translations.
  • We are ready to record again for free in case of defective product.
  • Should you be dissatisfied with your purchase – whatever the reason – you will be fully refunded.
  • Any comment or request is warmly welcome.

I’m looking for this song

We warmly welcome requests for songs not in catalog.

Not only is requesting a song free of obligations to buy it once it’s available, but it also entitles you to a 50% discount on its full price.

Singles songs usually take one week to record, while larger works may take longer. Please specify if you have a deadline.

For practical reasons, the price for requests is not estimated before recording but this is the full price range for product type according to the length of the lyrics. Please remember that you will pay half of this as a request.

  • Single songs / arias: 2.00 – 10.00 $
  • Single roles in operas: 30.00 – 100.00 $
  • Whole operas: 70.00 – 200.00 $

How can I open the audio guide?

The files are zipped (compressed) and can be unzipped (opened) with any archive opener, like Winzip.

The audio files are in MP3 format and can be played with most audio players, like Windows Media Player or Winamp.

The lyrics and the instructions are in PDF format and can be displayed with PDF readers, like Adobe Acrobat Reader.

How long does it take to download the files?

The link to download the files is sent immediately after payment.

Once the transaction on Paypal is complete, you’ll be automatically redirected to a page displaying the link to download your files. You’ll be also sent and email containing the same information.

Should you not display the page or receive the confirmation email, we suggest you to check your spam mailbox or to contact us.

Singles songs / arias weigh a few MB, while larger works range a few dozen MB. This means that with a broadband connection it takes a few minutes.

I want a CD. Do you sell offline?

The products are only delivered online as archive (.zip) files. No CDs are provided. Yet it is quite simple to burn a CD with the files you download from this site, which are in MP3 format. You may also transfer them to you MP3 player.

These files are only distributed on this website and are not sold in any physical store.

I want the music sheet / translation

Here we provide only the recitation of lyrics, which is what you can’t find elsewhere.

Music sheets and translations are widely available in stores and on the Internet.

I’m not satisfied

If it’s a matter of recording, I can record a new version or assist you on Skype.

Whatever the reason, should you not be satisfied with your purchase, please tell me within a week and you’ll be refunded.

Payment

Are there any other fees?

The prices of the products shown on this website are the only fee you need to pay. No subscription fee, no taxes, no shipping (files are downloadable, thus are not physically shipped).

How can I pay?

You may safely pay online with you credit card through Paypal. Please note that you don’t need a Paypal account.

We don’t accept any other payment method.

What is Paypal?

PayPal is a safer, faster, more secure way to pay online – your financial details are never shared.

You don’t need to open a Paypal account to shop with us. Just go through the payment process using your credit card.

Do I need a Paypal account?

No, you can use your credit cards on Paypal without a Paypal account. You only have to follow the simple instructions on the payment page.

Can I pay in my currency?

All transactions are charged in Euro.