Summer 2019

The Music Major Minute : Summer Training—Up Your Game

It’s tempting to waste away those valuable summer months. These ideas will help you resist that urge and get a jump-start on the fall semester. 

Overcoming Adversity : Kelly Edgar—Singing and Teaching through Injury

One singer shares her experience with balancing a full-time teaching career coupled with a production run amidst a health crisis. 

Crossover Corner : Belt, Mix, and Legit - Three Little Words Used So Many Ways

Confused about the terminology used in musical theatre vocal styles? Find answers and clarification here. 

Ricky Ian Gordon’s ‘Ellen West’ : A Work that Mirrors Everyone

Ricky Ian Gordon’s new opera Ellen West premieres on June 30 at Opera Saratoga at the Spa Little Theater in New York. Starring Jennifer Zetlan and Keith Phares, on the surface Ellen West shares the difficult story of a young woman’s struggle with the perceptions of her body and the doctor who treats her—but the opera contains a much deeper meaning for the composer and performers. Read about the creative process for this new work and the thoughtful collaboration that brings it to life. 

The Power of Words

Vocal transformation may be found more in the text of your literature rather than in relentlessly pursuing perfect singing technique. 

Baritone Steven LaBrie:  : The Sky’s the Limit

Despite childhood difficulties, Steven LaBrie was inspired early on to pursue a career in opera, and he is now beginning to attract attention in the classical world. Find out more about this baritone whose voice is as big as his heart.

Ann Baltz: : Life After Opera Works

How does one transition away from three decades of a life work? For Ann Baltz, this not only became her new reality but a necessity.