My Weird (But Effective!) Trick for Singing in Your Passaggio

High notes are notoriously the hardest thing to sing in opera. But there’s another vocal challenge that’s almost or just as hard. That’s accessing and singing in your passaggio. What is your passaggio you might ask? Simply put (and this is the best definition there is, without getting threatened by the vocal ped police!) it’s the … More My Weird (But Effective!) Trick for Singing in Your Passaggio

Are Reviews Relevant?

Reviews have a special place in the opera world. They inform readers about the quality of most current operatic performances. Unknowingly, reviews can teach readers about opera by showing them what to listen for, informing them about history, style, and so forth. They can educate an entire community. Yet, behind every review is a reviewer. … More Are Reviews Relevant?

Recital Singing vs Opera Singing: What’s the Difference?

I just finished a recital tour and I thought it would be a good time to address some of the differences between recitals and my regular singing gigs—opera. Not only are there many differences but there are lots of similarities. Especially after having done many recitals in my developing years and mostly opera in my … More Recital Singing vs Opera Singing: What’s the Difference?

What School Doesn’t Teach You About Opera

Many things surprise us once we leave academia. In my case, when I entered the professional world of opera, I was hit with several realities. What I’m about to explain is the biggest lesson I learned about opera after leaving school. Everyone has their own experience transitioning from academia to the professional world but this … More What School Doesn’t Teach You About Opera

My 6 Rules for Choosing the Right Voice Teacher

Now, the title of this article might be a little misleading because you’re soon about to find out that there is no “right” voice teacher. However, there is the right teacher for you, but it may not necessarily be the right teacher for everyone else. In other words, the best voice teacher for someone could … More My 6 Rules for Choosing the Right Voice Teacher