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I'm wondering... Feb. 24th, 2007 @ 01:41 pm

Where were you guys after 6 months of training? What problems did you have that you had still to work out? (such as breath support, proper resonance, etc.) What problems had you already corrected?

I'm curious because I don't know any opera singers-in-training personally. ;]

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Samuel Ramey Feb. 14th, 2007 @ 07:02 am
Samuel Ramey is my favorite opera singer alive. Rarely do you find a bass who can combine such gravity with such fluid motion. I think he's thoroughly impressive, particularly in the more elegantly demonic roles, such as Don Giovannni or Mephistopheles.

Anyways, being from the South (ugh) the best opera house in my area is most definitely Houston Grand Opera - which is fantastic and fantastically affordable.

My friends and I went there to see Ramey in Faust. It was already an amazing experience to be able to hear him live. I have so many CD's and DVD's of this guy - to see him in person was almost unreal.

Then, the unthinkable happened. A voice teacher from where I went to high school tells me she can get us backstage - I actually got to meet him!! I introduced myself, told him that I was a flutist from Louisiana and that he's my favorite opera singer in existence. He was very nice, in spite of the fact that I was completely beside myself, lol.

Anyways, that's the experience of my year, if not decade. Everyone should meet their idol...especially within the classical music world. It gives you a sense of completion about the world - a sense of possibility and confidence. If it turns out that you don't like someone you've idolized - good - be better than her or him. If otherwise, you can have something of a role model, eh?
Current Music: Carla Bruni - Le plus de quartier

Newbie Feb. 14th, 2007 @ 12:26 am
My name is Marz and I'm a 19yr old Sop. from Ontario Canada. Been singing for most of my life, but finally decided to listen to my Angel of Music and take lessona about 3yrs ago and about a year ago I switched from Pop to Opera when I realised I had the range of a High F.
Sadly I live in a VERY small town where Opera isnt widely excepted so I'm here to find some new freinds and probably advice along the way.
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Current Music: Mozart - Concerto NO. 4

The First Emperor Jan. 21st, 2007 @ 12:11 pm
I got to see the Met's live broadcast of Tan Dun's "The First Emperor". I must say, I was quite stunned. Keep a look out for this work when a studio recording is made. It is a marvelous marvelous opera.


Help :D? Jan. 20th, 2007 @ 07:14 pm

I've been taking lessons for about 4 and a half months and (probably partly because I did not have the intention of singing opera when I started) I've only just started [to try] singing classical pieces recently in class. Not arias - just pieces like Bach's Ave Maria and Allelujah! from Mozart's Exsultate Jubilante (sp? X.x; ).

Anyway, that was just to clarify my n00b-ness XD;. The reason I'm here is because I'm having some breath-support issues and I was hoping that maybe you guys could give me some advice. I can take breath in correctly, but as far as using it goes, I'm lost. My teacher tells me that I start to tense my jaw and push out the sound, which doesn't work too well.

I know I'll probably get it eventually, but I'd be nice if you guys could give me some advice to speed things along, if you can. =D?

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My name's Maria and I've been studying for maybe 4 and a half years now.  I'm learning gradually and slowly and I hope to do an exam this year or the next.

My apologies for giving such a short introduction but I would greatly appreciate an answer to this question or this problem that I'm having.

I'm not expressive when I sing. I try to be but apparently, I lose my concentration very easily and whatever I'm singing ends up just being "pretty". I'll try to be more specific... Currently, I'm singing Lowly Laid In A Manger.  I believe the song is sung from the angel Gabriel's point of view so that's what my teacher insisted upon.  She said to act like Gabriel.  She even indicated that maybe he had a commanding presence.  He would use the imperative tense: Worship!  Leave!  Kneel!  Bend!  Dim!  Another one is when I sing the words "prince of love", I should sing it with strong admiration.

And I am honestly trying but I don't think I understand how to be expressive with my voice.  Nor with my face, if I can add that.  I think it's partly due to being self-conscious but I want to learn.  I know it's pretty irritating to just hear a pretty voice without emotion!

I'm going to be taking a class soon in the new year that's going to help me with this but I was hoping to get some advice through this community, too.   I hope my thoughts were clear enough!


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My name is Taylor. I'm a 15 yr old soprano from North Carolina. I've been singing in chorus for 5 yrs and have begun taking voice & piano. I'm just getting in to opera, but I love what I've heard. I'm obsessed w/ singing professionally, possibly opera, idk yet. I feel like I'm light years away from achieving my goals.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Also, college any information on universities w/ good vocal performance and/or opera programs.

Thanks So Much!
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