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.
When addiction and poverty are a part of someone’s story, survival becomes more of a necessity than achieving one’s dreams. One singer, however, shows that she not only survived very difficult family circumstances, but is now working in a field that provided strength and healing for her.
A new publication offers solutions and an increased perspective for maintaining a lifetime of singing.
Get an inside view of what casting directors are actually wanting from auditionees.
For better or worse, no one can deny the lasting influence a voice teacher leaves on a singer. Whether you are a student or a teacher, read on to make sure this relationship is productive and prosperous.
You’ve spent hours practicing and fine-tuning for an important performance and are feeling prepared and excited. Take some thought to also prepare for any potential setbacks that could start with a sniffle.
Dimitri Pittas’ career is one filled with transition. Despite serious obstacles, this kind-hearted tenor has proved his adaptability and is recognized as a force in the most impressive repertoire.
These step-by-step scenarios provide a glimpse into a variety of audition situations and can help with preparation for pounding the pavement in the Big Apple.
Ramón Vargas remarkably made his Met debut replacing an icon in the industry, and since that time he has become keenly aware of the many changes in operatic traditions. Read his thoughts on the evolution of opera, how to increase longevity in this incredibly competitive field, and what traits singers need in order to find success.
A lifetime of performing is a large part of Marilyn Maye’s legacy. Though she is not a classically trained singer, her advice on singing technique, connecting to lyrics, and reaching an audience is something all singers in any style should heed.
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