Classical crossover tenor and mezzo soprano. We specialize in Broadway, Jazz, Italian song, Classical and Classical Crossover styles. Our work can be heard in films, on TV, and on international recordings. We can be seen performing through out the United States.
Vincent Ricciardi is an Italian style operatic tenor. He has been an entertainer and studio vocalist for over 15 years appearing on soundtracks, new musicals recordings, and various demos by vibrant new songwriters. He specializes in Opera, Italian/Neapolitan song, old school Broadway, and the American songbook.
Emily Ricciardi is a legit Soprano II and belter. She has performed throughout the United States and the United Kingdom specializing in old school Broadway, Opera, and the American song book.
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Vincent Ricciardi is a genuine pleasure to work with and a true professional. The rich timber and quality of his voice were absolutely perfect for my song, and he was able to capture the spirit of the song in a way that exceeded all my expectations. He also took the time to record multiple clips in different keys and with different microphones to make sure we got the right sound! This is an exceptional level of effort and commitment for any musical project! Thank you so much Vincent!
Vincent's unconditional will to get the best out of the song set the bar so high that I had upgraded the background track quality in order to be able to match the exceptional vocals that Vincent has delivered. Vincent invests his own ideas in the best possible way to make a production great, but he is also a team player and caters to the production’s needs. It was an exceptionally great pleasure to work with him, and the result was fantastic, too. Seven out of five stars and both thumbs up!
It was a real pleasure working with Vincent and Emily. They've managed to record a great take on a challenging project within a very short deadline. I've especially appreciated their professionalism and how easily they processed the feedback.
Very easy to recommend!
Vincent and Emily are wonderful professionals who are eager to please and go the extra mile on projects to ensure they are completed correctly. He displayed great patience when we had a technical problem and i would recommend him totally..his voice stands out in a Sea of uniform pop artists. nice guy too
Vincent is awesome!
First, which is very rare, he sent me some first takes with 3 different mics, as I could choose between the 3 mics.
Then, he sent me very quickly the elements, I only sent him a score and the session, and everything he sent me was perfect, and with lot of emotion!
I highly recommend Vincent on your productions!
Interview with E&V Entertainment
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I haven't collaborated with anyone here yet.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: They will get the best possible performance we can give.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: We love making music.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Are you sure you're comfortable in this style? We wouldn't accept the work if we didn't know we could perform on your project.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That anyone can do it.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have an idea of what you are looking for so we can be on the same page with you. Be open to a bit of collaboration.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Mac, UA Apollo, FleA49, Dan Alexander 1272, BLUE Bottle Rocket Stage 2 with caps.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Vincent started studying musical theater at the Long Island High School of the Performing Arts and went on to Adelphi University to study music (classical voice) and theater performance. At 19 he began as a studio vocalist for a few new musicals, new songwriter, hooks on R&B tracks and it grew from their. I built my first home studio at 22 to continue to work at my own pace. I was also an up and coming crossover artist at the time. When I was 25 I began making the transition from musical theater and crossover work to opera, and found my niche as a crossover artist in the vein of Mario Lanza who could really sing everything.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Natural and exciting.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Vincent would love to sing with Tony Bennett, Anthony Warlow, or Linda Eder. They are at the top of their fields and huge influences on him. I'd love to work with Al Schmitt and just watch his engineering process from mic choices and placement to mixing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Broadway, Claissical, and Great American Songbook are the music we record most often. Vincent has also appeared on pop songs and light rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: The flexibility and quality of our voice in various genres has always been our greatest asset.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: We will always give my clients the song as it was written, but will often include some variations in separate takes. For example, in Vincent's recording on "Charlemagne: By the Sword and Cross" the ending was a repeat of the previous chorus. We recorded it as written. Then we provided a more exciting ending with a big high A climax. It was the take used on the final album.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For vocals we will often listen to the scratch vocal and rehearse with it a bit before starting the recording process. We like to record a few full takes and then comp.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: We run Protools 12 with an UA Apollo Quad interface. We have a very nice microphone locker allowing us to utilize the best microphone for the project; FleA 49, Neumann U87ai, Neumann U67 Reissue, BLUE Bottle Rocket Stage II with B0, B1, B4, B6, B7, B8, B11 Caps. We also have numerous preamps; Dan Alexander reracked Neve 1272, Tab Funkenwerk V78M, Demeter VTMP-2B, TNC ACMP-84, as well as Apollo Unison Preamps; Neve 1073, Neve 88R, SSL, UA 610, Telefunken V76.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: We are old school vocalists heavily influenced by singers like Julie Andrews, Judy Garland, Mario Lanza, and Sergio Franchi. Al Schmitt is probably my favorite engineer.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Classical, classical crossover, jazz, and Broadway style vocals.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Find the process that works for you; whether its a signal chain or a method of working. You being in "your" element will give you the best results. If you are behind the console you need to strive that your client is in "their' element.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I need to know what the product is going to be used for. A songwriter looking to get a piece recorded is a very different client than a client looking to record a piece for a large release. I also ask to hear the piece in some form before I agree to work on it. I want to make sure my voice is suited for the project so no one wastes any time or money.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I love Analog Gear and I love Digital flexibility. I have some of both and use what I have to my advantage. It's more important to know the gear you have than to have tons of pieces you don't know how to use properly.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: We are recording a new Christmas Album working with our friend Jack Walker who's work can be heard on TV, films, and video games.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I loved my work on the "Charlemagne" albums. They gave me a lot of freedom to try new things and there was some real collaboration. I gave them a take with the climactic ending of "Bloody Verdict of Verdon" and it was used. They were even unsure about how one of the tracks should go on the second album and let me play around with the lyrics and create the hook to the instrumental they had already recorded. It was used in the final product, which was very cool.