Tag Archives: sa-characters

Who wears the pants? A brief look at cross-dressing in opera

Historically, cross-dressing in the theater is fairly common-place, and in opera, this is no different. In our latest blog post, we take a look at the tradition of cross-dressing in opera, how it changed during the reign of the castrati, and the prevailing practice of ‘pants’ roles. Enjoy!

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Messing Around with the Bard, Yay or Nay?

Over 400 years after his death, Shakespeare’s works have been adapted, modernized, twisted, and deconstructed many times over. It is not only time periods that have been switched; genders are often swapped, sexuality questioned, and the text itself is sometimes changed. But are these changes for the better or worse? Are you a Yay or a Nay? Join in the debate!

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Playwright Chronicles: Research and Character Development

Welcome to the latest installment in our Playwright Chronicles blog! So far, we have discussed the influential writers and shows that inspired our writers to follow their own creative paths, and explored a typical day in the life of a contemporary playwright. In this edition, we dig deeper into the creative process of writing a … Continue reading Playwright Chronicles: Research and Character Development

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Preparing an Operatic Role: Part Two

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.

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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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