Nestled in the mountains of New Mexico just an hour from Albuquerque in small-town Santa Fe sits one of the most prestigious opera companies in the U.S. Each summer Santa Fe Opera welcomes artists and patrons from around the world for a first-class opera experience in its unique outdoor setting. In addition, the opera company trains 43 Young Artists in its Apprentice Program, the first of its kind in the U.S. Meet a few of the Young Artists participating in this summer’s program and find out how their experiences are preparing them for life beyond Santa Fe.
Dorothy Danner built an impressively vast and diverse career without any advanced degrees, learning instead from private teachers, directors, and working on professional stages. Regardless of her lack of classroom hours, she has taught at some of the most prestigious performing schools in the U.S., and her advice to young singers offers an invaluable perspective. Discover how this Broadway dancer and actress became an operatic stage director whose credits span from Once Upon a Mattress to Die Fledermaus.
Several articles in the May 2019 Classical Singer issue explore the topic of “crossover”—classical singers delving into musical theatre. In the cover article, Elizabeth Stanley details the path from her
How’s this for a musical life: rehearsals in the morning; afternoons free to explore your highly livable, cosmopolitan city; and evening performances with some the brightest stars of the opera
Have a look at what classically trained singers are saying about their transition to Broadway.
When considering electives to complete your degree, a musical theatre acting class might be just the thing to take your performance to the next level. That’s what happened for one New York City-based singer.
Previous books from the So You Want to Sing series that have been featured in this column have covered genres ranging from jazz to country to sacred music. The already
Start looking ahead through the cold winter months to a program with a top-notch faculty and unique offerings for singers of all abilities. Plus see what past participants have to say about their experiences.
Chicago is not only home to one of the top opera houses in the U.S., but that opera house also hosts one of the best Young Artist Programs in the country. Several of the 15 fortunate young artists currently participating in the program, along with the faculty and staff who provide their training and support, share with readers this month what makes this program so truly remarkable. The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago is much more than just a training ground for the classical singing stars of tomorrow.
Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard’s skyrocketing career began in the city most singers consider a destination. Yet even while growing up in the Met’s shadow, Leonard didn’t know for certain that she would end up on its stage. Blessed with a level-headed mother who helped her keep things in perspective, Leonard followed her voice wherever it would lead her. Now that voice—after years of hard work, training, and lots of determination—continues to take her around the world.
Are you discouraged by the lack of performing opportunities available? Sometimes the best solution to no opportunities is to take matters into your own hands and create your own. In this five-article series, the founder of OperaModa walks you through how to start your own opera company.
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