Successfully performing an operatic role requires a ton of work and planning before you step foot on stage. Enjoy part two in our series on preparing an operatic role. Study one opera singer’s journey as she gets ready to perform the role of Fidalma in Il matrimonio segreto. Learn how to perform character research, memorize your lines and other expert tips.
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.
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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