last words...for today!
I also HAVE to mention Renee Fleming’s autobiography. It’s honest, captivating and such an interesting and useful guide for us aspiring opera singers! I was so inspired after reading The Inner Voice. It’s easy to forget that every singer has had their own struggles, let downs and they certainly weren’t perfect from DAY ONE. I think I read The Inner Voice at least once a...
Joyce DiDonato’s blog
Joyce DiDonato is AMAZING. Not just her beautiful warm and mellow voice but her blog and youtube videos are a god send! It’s great to hear first hand what it’s like to be a professional performer and that it’s completely natural to have doubts on what we’re doing! Thank you Joyce!
My final end of year recital is this Thursday (THREE SLEEPS!!!). I feel extremely prepared; I’ve had all my music memorised for over six months and I’ve had quite a few practises performing in the room that I’ll be assessed in. The reason I am so nervous is because the stakes are SO high! If I don’t obtain a SIX (distinction) I won’t continue as a performance...
I listen to archival and historic recordings. I love watching singers. I learned...– Renee Fleming
Practice, practice, practice!
They say it takes about 10,000 hours to perfect and hone a skill. Instrumentalists have the luxury of practising their instrument for hours on end…singers, don’t. Including diction, actual singing practise and technical work I practice approximately 2-3 hours a day. Out of those 3 hours, I sing for 1-2 hours and that depends on how I feel. Some days I can sing for three hours without...
I thought I’d begin a blog to share my development and attempts at becoming a classical trained singer. I’m 19 years old, and am about to complete my second year of University studies. I’ve been having voice lesson since I was 15 years and began taking singing “seriously” (i.e. practising every day, reading, listening to classical music) when I was 17 years old-...