For many generations, a kid’s first exposure to opera was in cartoons with Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. But what is opera, really? Opera is a difficult word to define in a larger context, as many things fall under its umbrella, but, in simplest form, opera is a theatrical work told through music and singing. And StageAgent is going to spend some time looking at many of the elements of opera in a new series of posts: Opera 101.
Whenever a student contacts me about a “problem spot” in a song she’s preparing, I remind her: “It’s not the actual note, line, or phrase that’s tripping you up; it’s the moment directly before it.” In other words, it’s how you approach the three notes leading up to the high A (or whatever) that makes … Continue reading How to Warm Up and Prepare Before Singing
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