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The Hazards of Singing : Fog, Smoke, and Pyrotechnics

Dead singers don’t get jobs. Sick and injured singers don’t get much work either. Companies tend not to hire singers who have canceled performances due to a chronic illness, who

Cavaradossi’s Been Shot! (Again)

International opera star Fabio Armiliato could talk about his recent triumph at Carnegie Hall as OONY’s Polliuto, his international career, or his reputation as “The Cybertenor.” He could discuss how he uses computers for coaches, his interest in opera education, etc. But instead, he agreed to share his experience on a topic he rarely speaks about anymore—“the accident.” He said, “This time the account will be read by singers who really do need to know what happened and how to prevent it from happening again. When performers forget safety, we are all in trouble!”

Making Demo Tapes: : Finding Compromise with the Unions

The rules governing the making of tapes in rehearsals or live performances were formed for the protection of professional musicians. However, the rigidity of these rules denies or seriously hinders

Making Demo Tapes: : Under the Table

Singers rarely see or hear the recorded version of their own performances, unless the performance is broadcast or someone in-house bends the rules. Strict limitations are intended to protect the

Making Demo Tapes: : Three Viewpoints

Singers and performing companies may not legally record performances or rehearsals without following strict guidelines negotiated by performers’ unions. Many singers would like to use these tapes to build their

Two Stars of the Caramoor Festival Talk About Taping

Tenor Bruce Fowler and Mezzo Vivica Genaux will appear on July 18th in the Caramoor Festival Production of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia

Staying in the Race : A Standing Ovation for Singers

In Massachusetts, it’s the third Monday in April, Patriot’s Day, the day of the Boston Marathon. Since I moved to Boston almost three years ago, I’ve been amazed at the

Buyer’s Giude: How to Find good Recording Studios

Have you ever slaved to prepare for an important recording session and shelled out a ton of hard-earned cash, only to discover that your tape sounds like you were singing

Copyright and Royalty Information Sources

ASCAP A membership society of over 75,000 composer, songwriter, lyricist and music publisher members, was created in 1914 to provide the essential link between the creators of music and the

Making Tracks: : How I Produced My Own CD?

Elin Carlson spent five years in Europe singing opera and musical theater, including a year’s run of CATS in Hamburg. She is also a published composer. Carlson performs frequently in Southern California and can be heard in many film scores, including Godzilla, Anastasia, Mars Attacks! and Flubber. Recently she used her contacts and resources to record her own CD.

A Tool- Not The Tool: : Managers, Conductors and Administrators Talk About Tapes

JOHN J. MILLER MANAGER “Tapes are one of the least important elements of your package”; says John J. Miller, a former professional singer turned manager, who also writes and lectures

YOUR TURN! : What Does Your Demo Do For You?

Last year, Christopher Hogwood and the Handel & Haydn Society were in town at BAM and I wanted to sing for him while he was here, but there just wasn’t