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January 7th, 2007

05:00 pm - dessay group please come and share your wonderful opions :)

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January 4th, 2007

08:59 pm
Hallo all! I'm doing my term paper on opera over the course of the French Revolution and am really interested in hearing what other people think of this plan:

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What do you think? Is anything obvious missing? Anything else you suggest I include?

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January 1st, 2007

11:22 am - Launching Bravura!
I'm pleased to announce that Bravura, a new community for classical vocalists, is now open and ready for business. The site features relevant musical news, resources, columns on singing and the music industry, as well as discussion with other singing professionals.

Bravura is located at http://www.bravuravox.com - I hope you'll drop by, register and say hello!

See you there!

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December 24th, 2006

08:13 pm - Will it happen
Do you guys think these will actually happen and what do you think of them???

Orfeo in two years with Podles

The Three Queens in 2010-2011with
Roberto Devereux-Fleming

Anna Bolena- Gheorgou

Maria Stuarda- Netrebko

Sonnambula- Dessay and Florez

Gruber and Voigt alternate in the Giocondas

Gruber still listed for Lady M

Tristan with Dalyman, De Young and Seiffert

Dwayne Croft is in the Glass next season as Mahatma Gandhi

Trovatore is now back to Radanovsky and Papian alternating with Laura D"Intino as azucena

Alagna and Ms. Alagna in Rondine is still on the schedule and a new Don Carlo(the ROH production with Villazon and (NOT) Ms. Alagna) Mattila

Giordani/Galouzine in Manon Lescaut

Hoffman Netrebkoas all three heroines

Butterfly back next season with Gollardo-Domas, in 2008 with Racette and Papian
will have more for you later

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December 16th, 2006

07:22 pm

...any thoughts?

(I think my icon sufficiently sums up mine.;)
Current Mood: irritatedirritated
Current Music: History Channel

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December 15th, 2006

12:49 am - Alagna Sings the Boos
As everyone here probably knows, the biggest story in opera right now is Roberto Alagna's fleeing the stage at La Scala after he was booed following his rendition of Celeste Aida.

Here's a clip of the booing:


Here's the full aria:


And the latest development:


Alagna stood outside La Scala this evening and sang the tenor aria from Madame Butterfly, and took a picture of La Scala with his cell phone camera, as a memento because he doesn't know when he will be returning.


Alagna blames his exiting the scene at La Scala not on the booing, but on a health problem.


He claims his blood sugar level dropped significantly, and he was unable to continue. Other symptoms of this rare disease include severe diziness resulting in an inability to determine how to get offstage, and, in extreme cases, may include chronic saluting the audience.

Any thoughts?

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November 22nd, 2006

09:30 pm - So, you want to a singer?
So you want to be an opera singer? Or just a classical singer in general? Well, if that's your goal, at some point in time you will probably attend a masterclass or a training program where some professional singer or other will give you this piece of advice:

If you can do anything else besides singing and still be happy, then do it.

Uh-huh. It's like someone telling you not to smoke cigarettes, all the while puffing away. This advice is illogical, ridiculous and stupid and you can tell anyone who feeds you this line that I said so.

I have yet to meet a human being who was so ridiculously one-dimensional that they could only be happy doing one thing. The fact is that a normal person can be content doing any number of things. We don't sing because we have to sing. We don't sing because we have no choice but to sing. Think about what a hellish fate that would be. Even if you make a career in singing, you won't be singing all the time. Here is the truth: We sing because we love singing. We sing because we want to sing. We sing because we choose to sing. If singing ever starts to feel some sick addiction that has been thrust upon you and is outside of your control and your desire, then it is time to stop singing and get some therapy. Never give up your right to have a choice.

Of course, pursuing a singing career is not the easiest choice to justify. It's so much easier to pretend that we are helpless little victims of fate who have no other options. Well, once you start playing the victim, you will never ever stop. It's time for singers to stop falling into that trap. Play dumb if you must but don't be dumb. We are choosing to sing and we are choosing the role that singing will play in our lives.

When I started singing, there was almost no information available for young singers. My teachers had solo careers some twenty years ago when the world was very different from the way it is now. I attended masterclasses that barely brushed the surface or offered us useless information and platitudes like the famous "If you can do anything else and be happy..." I was left to figure everything out through trial and error and I am still learning every single day. I've made every mistake in the book and at some point, in the midst of writing another bunch of checks so that I could have the privilege of applying for a job, I promised myself that if I had any kind of success at all in this biz, I would return the favor by making damn sure that other young singers didn't have to go through the crap that I did. Well, I wouldn't call my career the best career in music but it is a career in music. So, now it's time to make good on the promise I made.

This series of wordy essays are the first draft for a summer program that I'm attempting to put together for summer 2007. The Young Singer program that I attended as a teen is no long in business and the local Teen Opera company doesn't have a summer program. Most of my students are too busy with school work to attend an opera program in the fall and my friends can't afford to take off for six weeks to attend a tradition summer program. So, I'm compiling the basis for a two week program where we brain dump as much useful information as is humanly possible, teach young singers how to take responsibility for themselves and their careers and how to find out anything that has been missed or becomes outdated. And if nothing more comes of it than a whole bunch of internet posts, so be it.

I've been debating with myself about how to bust apatheticsinger out of it's current state of apathy (well, what do you expect from a bunch of self-professed apathetic people?) and although this isn't a long term solution, it will be a short term solution. I am dumping all the useful information I can come up with into friendslocked posts in that community. So if you want to read it, you have to come up with a handle and join the community. I'm not worried about giving away my secrets because there are some things that really do need live demonstrations. You really can't coordinate the acting and audition tricks until you've seen them done and I can't teach you how to run your finances without a blackboard and examples. So, some things you'll get in full and in other cases, you'll have a basic idea that probably needs some more explaining. I'm not worried about anyone stealing my program idea either, because there's already at least one teacher out there who is trying to teach their students to do what I do... but no one will ever be as good at being me as I am. However, just to give me some measure of control over access to my secrets, I'm friendslocking so that only community members can read. Since I moderate the community, I have the power to make sure that the information stays out of evil hands.

Also, feel free to share this with other LJ singing communities, and LJ friends who might be interested. I'll cross post into a couple communities, but I'm sure that are plenty that I'm missing.

And feel free to get on my ass about keeping up with this. Oberon knows, I am always a busy camper and it's all too easy for me to get buried in gigs, teaching and the clutter that accumulates while I'm in rehearsals.

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November 12th, 2006

08:31 pm - Depressing
I am fairly certain I have nodes, or at least the beginnings of them. Of course it is a Sunday evening and I have to wait until tomorrow to call the doctor, and of course I have an HMO and have to go through my PCP.

I am just really depressed and could use some cheering up over this. Tell me I could not have developed them that quickly (I sounded and felt fine a week ago), tell me there are plenty of non-invasive treatments if they are caught early, tell me I will be able to sing again.

Oh yeah, and I'm a high school teacher. So not talking tomorrow isnt an option.

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November 11th, 2006

03:39 pm - HELP!!!
ok i am a natalie dessay freak and she just released a new DVD with some incredible stuff on it and I was wondering if anyone knew anything about it???

ps. its called Natalie Dessay - Le miracle d'une voix

And I have cross posted this so don't freak out at me if you see it more than once

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November 10th, 2006

09:53 am
CAMI is ISO of interns!
Im an intern here now, and it's a lot of fun.


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