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Review: Oxford Solo Songs: Secular

    In the November/December 2021 issue of Classical Singer, I offered a review of Oxford Solo Songs: Christmas, a new anthology of seasonal songs published by Oxford University Press.

Kamala Sankaram : Breaking Boundaries and Connecting Cultures

Kamala Sankaram is both a singer and a composer, celebrated in the worlds of contemporary opera and experimental music. Read on to learn about her work, which exists at the intersection of art and technology, as well the integration of cultures influencing her creative output. 

Jason Duika: How Finding His Voice Saved Him

Verdi baritone Jason Duika shares how singing helped him overcome his Tourette Syndrome.

Aria Ready : The Life of Carol Kirkpatrick

With the passing of Carol Kirkpatrick, the operatic world has lost one of its best. Carol lived by example and was herself a shining example of the artist’s life. She had a way of seeing the artist within everyone around her, and her goal was always to help us find it. She was the mentor young singers didn’t know they needed until they met her—and she was the first to see us and tell us the whole truth, even when we didn’t want to hear it. Her career spanned multiple continents, but at the same time she understood what it took to maintain a family along with a career.

The Dr. Is In: Dealing with Allergies : Allergy as Inflammation

In this guest article from allergist Dr. David S. Mazza, learn more about managing allergy problems and understanding the way your body responds to common allergens.

Crossover Corner: Musical Theatre Techniques

Crossover singing can be an intimidating process for classical singers. Learn more about ways to make technical progress on musical theatre techniques.

Auditioning for Summer Stock

Summer stock audition season is beginning with audition conferences and other audition opportunities. Read on to learn best practices for getting these summer performance jobs.

The Social Artist

Learn here how to go beyond the numbers and use social media as one more powerful tools of communication in your artistic toolkit.

Sing Your Way through College: Ten Steps to Help Turn Your Talent into a Scholarship

Learn how to nail your college audition with this overview of Michael Chipman’s new book. With highlights from specific chapters, you can schedule your consultation lesson and be prepared to ace your post-audition interview.

Opernfest Prague: When Classical Singing Meets Community

Opernfest Prague, an innovative training environment, brings exclusive training, performance and professional development opportunities to international young artists.

Artist Spotlight: Adrienne Boris

Adrienne Boris has always felt comfortable traversing multiple worlds and wearing multiple hats, as performer/director/producer of theater and opera, focusing equally on new work and old. She is now serving as the Executive Producer and Stage Director at Harvard University’s Lowell House Opera, the longest continually performing opera company in New England, as Chief
Strategy Officer at Helios Opera, and as Booking Manager at ADA Artist Management, but her artistic journey started at a community theater company outside Boston. Her parents, a lawyer and a sociologist, caught the theater bug when she was very young, and used to take her to rehearsals, where she would sing along to herself, and even appeared in children’s choruses a
few times. “I began seeing myself as a serious arts practitioner and pre-professional from a very early age, and my parents are my biggest supporters to this day,” she tells CS Music.

As Told By: History, Race, and Justice on the Opera Stage

Black composers and musicians have been around for centuries, but their work is just now becoming part of the canon. While opera companies and symphony orchestras began to plan works by marginalized composers in their seasons in the last few years, one group that stands out in doing this work for almost 30 years is the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP). BMOP was founded in 1996 by conductor Gil Rose and in tandem with Odyssey Opera, they are devoted to performing and recording forgotten or overlooked pieces in the hopes of bringing them back into the standard repertoire.