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
One of my favorite things about social media is connecting with singers from around the world. A number of singers I hear from have trouble reaching that next level in their career and need some perspective. Everyone has their own specific career goals and tries to take the necessary steps to reach those goals, but … More 6 Life Lessons For Reaching That Next Level
I‘ve performed the role of Don Giovanni more times than I can count. As the Don, I’m expected to become him—no matter how much I may agree or disagree with his character traits. That includes kissing multiple women, touching them, carrying them, and even the occasional spanking. As obscene as this behavior may be, it’s … More Man to Man: Stage Romance Etiquette
The average opera audition lasts 5-10 minutes. The average opera lasts 2-3 hours. So how does an opera singer make a lasting impression and show the full range of their capabilities in such a short amount of time? I talk a lot about vocal technique, and that’s the first and best way to stand out … More Take Your Auditions to the Next Level with this Easy Acting Technique
Just like people, vocal cords come in all different shapes and sizes. Our voice types are what they are, and there’s nothing we can do to change them. For opera singers, a long and healthy singing life is the goal, and one of the biggest vocal killers is singing the wrong repertoire (or fach). … More Are You a Tenor or a Baritone?