CJ Williamson

CJ Williamson

CJ Williamson founded Classical Singer magazine. She served as Editor-in-Chief until her death in July, 2005. Read more about her incredible life and contributions to the singing community here.


Laying Down the Law

Our sample phone survey showed that, in general, opera companies, apprenticeships and competitions do not seem to know the laws set forth in the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), or to believe that the laws apply to the arts. Should singers start lawsuits when they aren’t hired, or fired and suspect the decision is age-related? We think there is a better way to make changes.

Performing in NYC–Play and Pay : An interview with Conard Fowkes

New York taxes are among the highest in the nation. For 21 years, Volunteer Income Taxes for Artists (VITA) has done income tax returns for performers at no charge. Conard Fowkes, an experienced actor and volunteer with VITA, explains the potential pitfalls hidden within the complexity of New York tax laws.

Speaking Out : Editorial

We are very excited to bring you the first issue of CLASSICAL SINGER MAGAZINE (formerly The New York Opera Newsletter), covering a topic which has been asked over and over:

Cavaradossi’s Been Shot! (Again)

International opera star Fabio Armiliato could talk about his recent triumph at Carnegie Hall as OONY’s Polliuto, his international career, or his reputation as “The Cybertenor.” He could discuss how he uses computers for coaches, his interest in opera education, etc. But instead, he agreed to share his experience on a topic he rarely speaks about anymore—“the accident.” He said, “This time the account will be read by singers who really do need to know what happened and how to prevent it from happening again. When performers forget safety, we are all in trouble!”

What Would You Do If…

…a colleague became ill onstage? We had a chorister die on stage, of a stroke; she just collapsed in the middle of the big opening scene in Otello, was helped

Editor’s Notes

DOES THE SHOW GO ON? It is the final scene of Elektra at San Francisco Opera. You are standing next to the mezzo as she “dies” in a pool of

Making Tracks: : How I Produced My Own CD?

Elin Carlson spent five years in Europe singing opera and musical theater, including a year’s run of CATS in Hamburg. She is also a published composer. Carlson performs frequently in Southern California and can be heard in many film scores, including Godzilla, Anastasia, Mars Attacks! and Flubber. Recently she used her contacts and resources to record her own CD.

Making Demo Tapes: : Three Viewpoints

Singers and performing companies may not legally record performances or rehearsals without following strict guidelines negotiated by performers’ unions. Many singers would like to use these tapes to build their

Challenging Union Rules on Taping Legally

Three Viewpoints Singers and performing companies may not legally record performances or rehearsals without following strict guidelines negotiated by performers’ unions. Many singers would like to use these tapes to

European Opera Websites

Below are selected websites of opera companies and festivals. Also check out Mike Gibb’s excellent site at www.operabase.com for info about singers and seasons?important research to do before actually going

Singers’ Experiences Working and Auditioning in Europe

I had insurance before I came to Europe. If you have private insurance here they treat you well, and it’s inexpensive (way less than America). But remember that you get

Cadenzas – Part II of Our Series on Ornamentation : An Interview with Will Crutchfield

"Borrowing" cadenzas from recordings may work for a student in training but professionals really have to have a unique set of ornaments which distinguish their performance.