Cynthia Lawrence on preparing Marvin Levy’s revamped
Mourning Becomes Electra in Chicago
The Most Communicative Singer from our website poll at the Classical Singer Community is the inestimable José Carreras. And it isn’t only his marvelous voice that seems to have reached so many of our readers. It is a combination of music, words, characterization–and heart. Here is a sampling of what people are saying about Carreras and our other top-ranked singers.
In preparing for the November issue on the art of communication, Classical Singer conducted a poll on our website asking subscribers to vote for their choice as best communicator today. In this issue we highlight the top five winners of this poll, one of which is soprano Diana Soviero. Ms. Soviero has mesmerized audiences with her charismatic, emotionally-riveting performances of such verismo roles as Manon Lescaut, Nedda, Tosca, Cio-Cio San, and Suor Angelica. She is perhaps the archetype of the singing actress: a marriage of impeccable vocal technique with stunningly effective theatrical instinct and individuality. But beyond those two aspects is an elusive third–soul.
We call it “Audience Impact.” When it happens, audiences lean forward, their eyes widen, and time seems to stop. The performers who make that happen the most often are given the best roles in the best houses, recording contracts, and the ultimate reward: artistic control in productions, in their finances, schedules and in their lives.
Mergers increase clout, but often decrease the ability of small groups to be well-represented. Last month we reported on the “partnership” of Opera America with Chorus America. But other unions are busy discussing partnerships, and singers need to stay aware of what is happening.
Another late Mozart opera, newly discovered, is likely to become standard repertoire.
There are many wonderful voice teachers in the world, but there are probably just as many who cause singers great harm either pschologically, vocally and musically–or all three. If you are a young singer, how can you know? Teacher Erik Johanson tells singers what their teachers should be doing–and not doing.
Dear Dr. Jahn: I have noticed that many of my singer friends do not trust conventional medicine; myself included! We need good health to perform and we are willing to
The following article, from a singer with a full-time performing career, was submitted as a response to the general request for how aging affects the singing career. It is perfect for this column entitled, “A Higher Note,” where singers explain how they use their spiritual connections to help their singing.
The author wishes to remain anonymous.
Aging is an issue that all of us have to grapple with at some time or other in our lives. What about coaches? Do they get better with age?
·Age discrimination is illegal–but not in the field of classical singing! Any thoughts on this? ·Have you noticed any difference in how too-young, or too-old singers are treated in various
Learning and perfecting roles is expensive, so it pays to be a smart consumer. Several companies now offer recordings to help singers study and save money. How useful are these study aids? Can they replace or supplement coachings? In a three part series, Classical Singer asks a panel of professional singers to use the products to study or learn roles within their own voice categories. The panel includes a young artist in a distinguished apprenticeship program; established, managed singers; and a well-established international artist. Following are their comments and ratings.
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