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.
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.
A new book reveals the insights of the legendary Franco Corelli on everything from technique to interpretation to what he thought of other tenors who came both before and after him.
Owning original music is valuable on so many levels, the least of which is that anything else is illegal. But where and how do you start? Read up on the essential books that will give you a solid start to creating your own music library.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Is seeking for perfection really the best aim? Perhaps there is a better, more effective pursuit.