Don Adriano Sterling interviewed me about my teaching and my forthcoming book Sane Singing: A Guide to Vocal Progress on his podcast series “Opera Insides”. I enjoyed the opportunity.
Want a fresh perspective on your singing? Would you like to learn what “sane singing” is all about? I still have a few slots left for Saturday, August 12 at The National Opera Center in Manhattan! Please contact me to inquire about a lesson time. I will return to New York on Saturday, September 9.
People frequently say that when they hear their voice on a recording it is a little shocking. Singers have to learn to make peace with this. Listening to a recording of yourself can help you fix some things, but it also can confuse you if you’re not careful.
In the forums, people are blaming Adele for ignoring healthy technique and ruining her voice. Folks, this is so not cool. People are acting as if she has a vocal death wish. Look, it’s not our business whether she was singing like a bad girl or whether the exhausting tour schedule got to her, or […]
Nobody sounds exactly the same at 75 as they did at 25. This is not bad, it just is. I heard Leontyne Price in a recital around 1982 where she sounded quite rough. I heard her again in 1987, and it was wonderful. Retiring from opera in the early 1980s was the right step for […]
What is the purpose of vocal exercises in general? What is the purpose of a specific exercise, given at a specific time? Why this particular one, right now? If you are giving the same set of exercises for most lessons for all of your students, then it would seem you are not answering these questions. […]
Do you enjoy singing? It may seem like a stupid question to people who are not professional singers or conservatory students. However, I have met people “in the biz” who seem to have forgotten that singing can/should be enjoyable. When every singing event is high stakes and serious and judged and “important”, it can feel […]
Voice teachers, please get over yourselves. The people who get certified in Method A say that Method B is bad while those devoted to Method C laugh at both of them. The devotees of Madame X scoff at anyone who is certified in a method. Some teachers are meek while others fight for attention like […]
I’m linking to an excellent essay from Camilla Strandberg. We can get caught up in our identities as singers, and become unhealthy about it. This essay and manifesto frees us from that. What is a singer? by Camilla Strandberg
I’m in a foul, wondering mood. I have seen public life get less and less dignified over the years. So many people are jaded. The internet came along and every angry, weird, crazy person was able to find buddies even quicker and stay isolated in their camps. People feel emboldened to be meaner in these […]
I thought it would be interesting to compare mouth opening shape and degree between classical tenors and musical theatre belters. In both tenor acuti and belting, vowels are rather open, so the O in “blow” becomes something more like /ʌ/ or /ɑ/. I have cued these up to the appropriate parts of the video so […]
It’s almost like we are living in a post-apocalyptic world where one has to forage over huge areas to find helpful nuggets to gather into a viable system of voice training. We know that there have been amazing artists right up into the 20th century who only studied with one main teacher, but we seem […]