Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe has sung on the major operatic stages the world over during the last two decades. When examining the scope and breadth of her work, one word best describes her: versatile. Not only has she mastered the operatic repertoire from early to classic to modern, she has also successfully forayed into art song, popular song, and musical theatre. With a performance career that spans from Semele
to Samson et Dalila
to Sweeney Todd
, Blythe now seeks to impart a love of American art song in young singers at the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar.
What do you do when someone you love tells you you’re a failure because you’ve chosen a path they don’t see as worthwhile or because they don’t think you’re successful? Learn how to honestly evaluate their words and then set appropriate and healthy boundaries.
The semester is just beginning. If you haven’t been as successful as you hoped in the past, implement these words of wisdom for starting and finishing strong.
With so many schools of thought around proper breathing for singing—from the Italian Bel Canto to the Germanic approach and everything in between—finding what works for you can be a challenge.
What kind of educational background do those hiring singers look for? And what kind of education should singers seek out? Administrators and singers share their experiences to answer these questions and more.
Read what this 30-year-old program has in store for 2016, including advice from one of the special guest artists on bringing art song to life.
A new guide to lyric diction explores the sounds and songs of Greek culture.
The word “nodules” certainly conjures up every singer’s worst nightmare. Learning the warning signs of nodules can help you avoid them altogether.
The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy trains 50 to 60 singers each summer. Read about the offerings of this comprehensive training program in an ancient Italian city.
Musiktheater Bavaria trains singers in both musical theatre and opera during four weeks each summer in beautiful southeastern Germany.
Longtime collaborators Stephanie Blythe and Alan Smith sit down with auditors of their Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar to discuss the importance of the positive in teaching, the value of reciting text—both in the practice room and the recital hall—and the appropriate 21st-century repertoire for the young singer.