July 1999

No Guarantees : A Conversation with Placido Domingo

This month Maria Zouves interviewed the world-renowned tenor about young singers, and his own hard-learned lessons over the years.

On the Road Again : Six Tips for Caring for the Voice on the Road

Festival gigs are often a wonderful combination of career smarts and beautiful locations. Here are some tips on how to make sure your voice enjoys the trip as well as your mind and your career.

Survival of the Fairest : Botox and wrinkle removal

We spoke with two singers who had the procedure done, one in New York City and one in Los Angeles, to get their reactions.

Total Immersion : Nico Castel on American Singers and Language

What do American singers need in terms of language? Is it enough to translate your arias? Renowned Met coach and language teacher Nico Castel has some insights into singers’ approach to languages and learning.

A Song for Columbine : Music for a Memorial

Sometimes it takes a tragedy to remind us of the importance of what we do, and why we sacrifice so much to do it. Sometimes it can help us all to remember the capacity for music to reach out and heal.

Team Teaching : Are Four Voices Better than One?

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An Antidote to Soullessness

From Kosovo to Colorado to Georgia, the news is getting worse, and everyone is trying to explain why. To me, the issue was clarified by a quote I saved from

Staying Ahead of the Game : Fund Raising for Groups

Almost all singing groups do fund raising of some kind. What’s works today? Here’s an up-to-date report.

Passing the Plate

Experts say benefit recitals are one of the best ways for singers to underwrite their careers. Cynthia Vaughn spoke with one “stage mom” who helped her son raise $6,000 for a prestigious summer program and NY audition trips.

BENEFIT RECITALS : Getting the Job Done

Most of us were taught that it’s rude to ask for money. But when it comes to fund raising, that belief needs to change–and Nora Sands, general director of AIMS, has been teaching singers how for many years.

PATRONAGE : How It Works, and How to Make It Work for You

If you share most musicians’ ideas on the subject, you assume that a patron of the arts is an extraordinarily wealthy individual who doles out lavish sums to a well-connected few, all of whom are less talented and less deserving than you would be.

GRANTS : Foundation Grants, and How to Start Looking for Them

A colleague once said to me, “I know that money doesn’t solve all of your problems.” He paused. “But it’s hard to think of any of my problems that wouldn’t be helped by a pile of money!”