All posts by Wendy Silvester

​Wendy Silvester is a freelance opera and classical singer from Coventry, UK, currently based in Riga, Latvia. She is also a singing teacher, fledgling opera director, and opera guide writer for StageAgent.com. ​Recent opera engagements have included Fidalma, in Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto with the Scheggino Opera Summer School, Zita in Gianni Schicchi with Carlo Rizzi and the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera and La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica ​for Stanley Opera, and Filipyevna ​Eugene Onegin​ with the Serenata Singers, Cardiff. For the 2018-2019 season, Wendy is a trainee of the Opera Studio 'Figaro' at the Latvian Academy of Music.

Preparing an Operatic Role: Part One

After all that hard work preparing for your auditions you’ve received the best news: you got the job! You’ve been offered a role in a production somewhere! Mission accomplished, right?

Wrong! Here’s where the work really starts. It makes no difference if you were offered the role on a pay-to-sing, amateur production, a young artist program (YAP), a summer school, a regional tour, or the Met, the preparation you do before day one of rehearsals will determine not only how well you perform this particular role, but could influence the rest of your career.

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