Classical Singer Magazine

Behind the Scenes with YAP Director Robert Ainsley : Cafritz Young Artists of Washington National Opera

As the director of a high-level Young Artist Program, Robert Ainsley is always on the lookout for capable and ambitious young singers looking to launch successful careers. As both director

Star in Your Own Damn Show!

In high school, I made a vision board by cutting out pictures and clips from old magazines and newspapers. At the top of the board, I pasted a clip that

Reflecting on Frederica von Stade’s Captivating Legacy

It has been almost 12 years since Frederica von Stade graced the cover of Classical Singer magazine. Since then, she has been hard at work creating new roles, teaching, performing, and helping young people from disadvantaged situations. In this latest interview, the legendary mezzo-soprano reflects on an epic career and shares her thoughts about opera today, motherhood, #MeToo, and her advice for an emerging generation of classical singers. 

John Chest : A Budd-ing Career Centered on Signature Roles

John Chest’s career path did not initially go where he wanted or expected. But now, with a repertoire rich in European experience, he has returned to the U.S. to debut a roll that has been following him from the beginning of his studies. With a young family in tow, the mentors, teachers, and opportunities that presented themselves to Chest are not necessarily the path he would have chosen, but they have led him toward a career that is catching the attention of the classical singing world.

Overcoming the “Morning Voice”

You’ve had a big night out, either singing or just socializing, and you wake up the next morning with “no voice.” While most singers need to warm up the voice

Working with Agents : 7 Agencies and Companies to Consider

As a singer, it’s important to promote yourself in a variety of ways, one being working closely with an agent to help get you consistent gigs. It can be difficult

Thyroid Cancer : How a Teacher Helped Save His Student's Life

CS Music is constantly inspired by voice teachers who go out of their way to help their students. This is an amazing story about a singer's resilience after his teacher directed him to a medical need and how music directed both singer and teacher in the steps needed to save a person's life. 

A Morning Ritual for Stressful Times

…during this quarantine period, I have really tried to stick with my morning ritual and I've found it grounds me and keeps my in some sort of normalcy.

Singing with Chronic Health Challenges

When a singer’s physical well being is drastically changed by persistent complications, finding answers can sometimes only lead to more questions. Empowering yourself with knowledge can help, but that’s only one small step in a long process.

I Will Survive : Why Opera Singers Will Thrive and Survive COVID 19

COVID 19 is having a profound effect on our daily lives. Simplest things we only recently took for granted are now completely impossible: taking a walk in the park, visiting

Crossover Corner : How to Cut a Song for an Audition

Thoughtfully prepare each audition cut by demonstrating strong storytelling and musicianship.

Three Things You Can Do for Your Career Today

The days are starting to run together. It's as though the no man's land between Christmas and New Years has expanded indefinitely. What day is it? Do I have to put on real clothes? Did I eat breakfast? Here are some suggestions to break the monotony and rejuvenate your career and life!