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?
This week I debut my 50th role as Athanaël in Thaïs. Before I enter any final week of rehearsals (or tech week) of a vocally substantial role, I do this one thing in order to sing my best. Lots of opera singers knowingly do this, but there’s a real science and necessity to it and … More What Every Opera Singer Needs Before Opening Night
In just a few weeks, I’m reaching a milestone in my operatic career: my 50th role. That doesn’t mean years of merely memorizing music; role preparation is a process and an essential part of life as an opera singer. Over the years, I’ve honed that process and I’ve found exactly what works for me in … More My 6-Step Process to Learning A New Role
Do you ever wonder what you would do if you weren’t a musician? Without a doubt, I would own a rescue dog sanctuary. Sometimes I think if I ever retire, I’ll buy some property in North Carolina and get one started. Until then, my love for dogs lives through my rescue dog, Teemo. Teemo’s Story … More Life With An Opera Dog
There is no formula for starting a career in opera. There is no step-by-step program to get you to the professional level at which you want to be in your career. There are no guarantees and no fail-proof approaches to becoming a professional opera singer even after investing in years of voice study and education. … More How To Transition From Young Artist To Young Professional