Category Archives: What they don’t teach you at music college

I want to be an opera singer: Music College

May I draw your attention to an insightful post by the ever-thoughful Jan Capiński about conservatoire training for singers. There’s a huge amount of food for thought here, and I agree with a large majority of the points Jan makes. … Continue reading

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I want to be an opera singer: On the bench

“Meeting your cover is not necessarily a thoroughly pleasant moment – it’s like being asked to proof-read your own obituary.” Continue reading

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I want to be an opera singer: should I read my reviews?

“I love you, you’re perfect, now change.” Continue reading

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Filling the Gaps

“You can’t always control whether you end up with gaps in your diary, but you are always in charge of how you use that time.” Continue reading

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I want to be an opera singer: should I be marking?

I can’t imagine that a marathon runner would prepare for a race by running two marathons the day before. Continue reading

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In defence of singers – Schmopera on auditions

Schmopera: “But young singers are getting frightfully used to assuming their opinions are worth the least, which is just tragic when you consider that the singer’s job is to pull the whole damn thing off.” Continue reading

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I want to be an opera singer: should I be online?

“Social media in general is a long piece of rope with which some people will not be able to resist hanging themselves.” Continue reading

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