The years an opera singer spends as a Young Artist are special ones. This is the bridge between school and the professional world and a time to start showing what you’re made of. You’re told to sing well, show up on time, learn your music, act professional, etc., but there’s another important task for you … More The Biggest Mistake Young Artists Make
It takes years to cultivate your singing voice and there are very few “quick fixes.” Your voice will solidify over time with diligent practice every day to work in a healthy technique as a habit. However, I’ve got a few tricks in the bag that can help you start thinking of your sound in a … More 3 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Singing Right Now
Have you ever had a nightmare where you were on stage and the worst thing ever happened? Well, my nightmare came true with a performance I did of Die tote Stadt in 2010. This was my second time performing this production by Willy Decker. I did it before in San Francisco so I knew the … More That Time When I Totally Screwed Up in the Middle of a Performance
This blog post goes out to singers out there who believe they have the talent it takes to make a career but have had trouble breaking into the scene, especially if they’re over the traditional young artist age of 24-30. This is a unique predicament and these special singers need to carve their own path … More Is it Ever too Late to Start a Career in Opera?
This is a tricky subject to tackle but it’s an important step in a singer’s career. The main point of this blog post that I want to stick to is “to each their own.” A little about me: I am a light lyric baritone and I am just beginning to enter Verdi repertoire with … More 3 Signs it’s Time to Start a New Fach
When a baritone steps into Verdi territory, it’s a pretty big deal. A lot of new, exciting, and prolific roles open up and a whole new world emerges. There’s a lot to singing Verdi and with my first role as Germont, I’ve learned a great deal. Not only about this new fach but about this … More How I Role: My First Verdi | Germont
A full day of opera singing is no easy feat for two precious vocal cords, so in the thick of intense back-to-back staging rehearsals that can last up to seven weeks, we singers do what’s called “marking.” Marking saves your cords from potential vocal trauma during the staging process, so that your voice is ready … More How to Mark in Rehearsal Like a Pro
The more you advance in your singing career, the more and more competition seems to rise. The odds of you getting a gig become greater because you’re improving, but the differences between you and the next singer become more subtle. So how do you break the mold and stand out? In a sea of singers, … More Why Your Audition Gets Ignored
I gear most of my blog posts towards aspiring opera singers or young professionals but sometimes I like to mix it up and reach people who might not be in the opera world but are curious about it. So today’s post is all about why opera is known as the most difficult genres of music … More What’s So Hard About Singing Opera?
10 years ago, I wouldn’t be writing this post. A lot has changed in the world of classical music and the relevance of social media is probably the biggest. I only started taking my social media accounts seriously (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube) a year and a half ago because before that, I thought talent was … More Social Media Strategy for Musicians