December 2015

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Into the Fray:
Jennifer Johnson Cano

Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano has had some lucky breaks—key mentors placed in her path at critical moments, a terrific scholarship to Rice University, placing at the regional level of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions on her first attempt and then later winning, and marrying an equally accomplished pianist to collaborate with. And, yet, as Cano discusses these accomplishments and others, it becomes immediately apparent that there’s much more than luck involved here. Hard work, thorough and complete preparation, and a level-headed yet passionate career approach are the real reasons for Cano’s rising star.
Donor Relations for Singers

Donor Relations for Singers

What kind of roles do donors play for opera companies? And what is a singer’s obligation to said donors? Find out here, including how to make small talk and when and what kind of thank you notes to write.
Ask Erda:

Ask Erda:
Shark-Proofing for Singers

As singers start their careers, it can often seem that anyone and everyone wants their money. Knowing how and where to spend your valuable dollars requires educating yourself. Cindy lays out the resources for getting the information you need here.

The Doctor is In:
Q&A with Dr. Jahn

Dr. Jahn answers questions from singers about what could be causing shooting pain when singing high notes and the possible vocal benefits of sinus surgery. If you have a question for the doctor, e-mail him at jahn@classicalsinger.com.
Choosing Audition Repertoire

Choosing Audition Repertoire

Another audition season wraps up this month, making this a perfect time to reevaluate your audition repertoire. Does your starter aria really show you at your best? Is your package of arias well put together and does it give an audition panel a clear sense of how you see yourself? Read about these and other factors to ensure your audition repertoire best showcases you.
Protecting and Serving:

Protecting and Serving:
Joseph Mechavich

Having conducted most of the major operatic works many times over, Joseph Mechavich now has a new job title: artistic director at Kentucky Opera. Here he discusses his recent appointment, what his plans are for the company, and what he looks for in singers he wants to hire not once, but again and again.