Perhaps over the festive season you had the chance to catch an opera. You may have been given tickets by a friend, or just fancied a bit of a special night out. Or maybe your new year’s resolutions include something along the lines of ‘I should see more theater’, or ‘involve myself in more cultural activities’ or even, perhaps, ‘go to the opera’, well this is the post for you. If you’re an opera newbie, the vast amount of schedules, houses, and works, can be a little bit overwhelming, and you want to make sure you’re going to enjoy what you’re going to see.
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.
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