Lisa Houston

Lisa Houston

Lisa Houston is a writer and dramatic soprano who divides her time between Berlin and Berkeley. She recently performed Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with the Kensington Symphony Orchestra and the title role in The Last Diva on Broadway with the Leipzig Kammeroper. She can be reached at

The Adler Fellowship: : Perspectives on a Top-Tier Training Program

Almost every classical singer is familiar with the renowned residency for young singers known as the Adler Fellowship. Find out what the fellowship is really all about from the program’s director, Sheri Greenawald, and Fellows past and present.

Long-Term Investment Pays Off : Jay Hunter Morris

While stepping onto the Metropolitan Opera’s stage as Siegfried in 2011 certainly did catapult tenor Jay Hunter Morris into the spotlight, he is hardly an overnight success. after years of study, struggle, and downright hard work, He Now has a busy schedule of bookings well into 2017 and this native Texan says he is having the time of his life. CS caught up with Morris just before his opening as Paul in Die tote Stadt with Dallas Opera to learn more about his journey from paris, texas to a burgeoning operatic career, and how he makes it all work while remaining a dedicated family man.

Dramatic Voice, Lyrical Life: : A Talk with Bass-Baritone Greer Grimsley

In a multi-decade career that has spanned genres from Mozart to Wagner, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley has sung in opera houses the world over. Long admired for his acting chops, he is now known as one of the foremost Wagnerian singers of the day. In this Classical Singer exclusive, he shares how he projects to the back of the large San Francisco Opera hall, how he makes family life work with a wife and daughter who are also singers, and why he considers singing a spiritual thing.

The Thyroid : A Primer for Singers

Find out how one tiny little gland, when not working correctly, can cause havoc on so much of your body—including your voice! And then read what to do about it.

The Singing Life, Motherhood, and a Trip to Carmen School : An Interview with Sandra Piques Eddy

As classical singers convene in Boston this month for the 10th annual Classical Singer Convention, Lisa Houston catches up with a Boston native who is now gracing the stages of major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera. Mezzo soprano Sandra Piques Eddy speaks about her relationships with the Met and Boston and how they continue to influence her work as a singer.

Janet Williams : American Star Finds Home as Teacher and Mentor Abroad

An expat shares how she has found a life and career to love abroad in Berlin.

Life at the Komische Oper Berlin : A Talk with Byron Knutson

Hear about Berlin’s most cutting-edge opera house from the musical director of the company’s Young Artist Program.

The Curious Life of a Singer : A Conversation with Thomas Hampson

One of the foremost baritones singing today, Thomas Hampson has sustained an international career as a recitalist, opera singer, and recording artist for decades. He has received awards and accolades from countries around the globe and carries the titles of Kammersänger of the Vienna State Opera and the Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France. His discography includes more than 150 albums and has earned him a Grammy, four Edison prizes, and the Grand Prix du Disque. Here Hampson discusses his life-long passion for learning, the changing face of opera, and more.

Dame Emma

Emma Kirkby discovered her passion for early music in the 1970s and has been introducing audiences worldwide to the music ever since. With over 100 recordings to her name and a recipient of the Order of the British Empire in 2000, Dame Emma is recognized as a consummate artist and veritable expert on early music. Read how this remarkable woman who began as an English major and school teacher and never dreamed of being a singer found her life’s path as she talks about singing, Baroque and Renaissance instruments, and the joy of making music in this Classical Singer exclusive.

Read Up! : A Blueprint to Successful Auditioning

Read up on a book that is much more than a philosophical discussion on the art of auditioning, but rather a step-by-step 30-day instruction manual to change the way you audition.

Inspirazione! : Breathing Out

Don’t miss this final column of “Inspirazione,” as Lisa Houston brings you her inspirational thoughts on not missing out on the bigger opportunities of life.

Keeping Up with the Jones

Collaborative pianist extraordinaire Warren Jones tells about the teachers that most influenced his own musical journey, and how their lessons continue to inspire and inform his work with the next generation. Join Jones at this year’s Classical Singer Convention as he works with singers and pianists in a special masterclass on collaboration.