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Study Aids for Singers : Part One: Practice Perfect Opera Piano Accompaniments

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.

New Wrinkles In Aging

Science has not been idle when it comes to the study of aging. Singers interested in a long career might do well to get started on some of these suggestions early.

Laying Down the Law

Our sample phone survey showed that, in general, opera companies, apprenticeships and competitions do not seem to know the laws set forth in the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), or to believe that the laws apply to the arts. Should singers start lawsuits when they aren’t hired, or fired and suspect the decision is age-related? We think there is a better way to make changes.

Age, Choices and Career Paths

We asked John Wehrle, Artistic Administrator of Utah Opera, to comment on how age, marriage and/or children affect hiring decisions. Many companies think singers can’t handle frank talk like this, so singers are left in the dark. We are grateful to Utah Opera for trusting C.S. readers.

THEY SAID, “Under 40? Too Early!”

Men who feel physically and vocally ready to perform certain roles have trouble getting past the age barrier on the other side: seeming too young! Believe it or not, this can also be a barrier for women.

THEY said, “Over 30? Too Late!”

Classical Singer is always looking for stories of singers who start successful careers later in life. Soprano Martile Rowland was not available to be interviewed for this article so we contacted her friend and coach Benton Hess for the story.

The Fountain of Truth

We knew that doing an issue on age and career longevity would have fairly broad appeal, but the response was nothing short of overwhelming. 145 pages of responses!
Our solution was to include some responses in the article below, with the rest posted on the website. Our thanks to all who participated.

La Dolce Amara

I wanted to sing, and I wasn't being allowed to do that.

My Little Black Book

Two New York professional singers share their favorite services.

Speaking Out : Editorial

We are very excited to bring you the first issue of CLASSICAL SINGER MAGAZINE (formerly The New York Opera Newsletter), covering a topic which has been asked over and over:

Letters to the Editor

FEES FOR SINGERS VS “MUSICIANS’ ” FEES Dear C.S.: An article in the July 20th issue of The Nation raised issues relevant to our situation as classical singers. The article

Political Changes, Websites for Choristers

Mergers, acquisitions and take-overs aren’t just happening in the banking industry. This issue marks the debut of a new column, Chorister, intended for singers involved in all aspects of choral music. This means not only opera choruses, but professional choirs and church musicians as well.