May 2015

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The Future of Opera

Chicago is not only home to one of the top opera houses in the U.S., but that opera house also hosts one of the best Young Artist Programs in the country. Several of the 15 fortunate young artists currently participating in the program, along with the faculty and staff who provide their training and support, share with readers this month what makes this program so truly remarkable. The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago is much more than just a training ground for the classical singing stars of tomorrow.
Audition 101 for Opera Singers

Audition 101 for Opera Singers

Two general directors weigh in on how to put your best foot forward while keeping the audition process in perspective. Join singers at this year’s Classical Singer Convention in Chicago to hear more from Chicago Opera Theater’s Jerry Tietz and Florentine Opera’s William Florescu.
Crossover Auditions

Crossover Auditions
Advice from the Experts

So, you want to sing musical theatre? Just like opera, it starts with an audition. But are there similarities beyond that? What should you wear or sing? And will you have to dance and do a monologue? Three experts on the topic who will be at this year’s Classical Singer Convention talk style, repertoire, attire, and more.
Ask Erda:

Ask Erda:
If Sports Were Reported Like Opera

What kinds of things would an opera authority report on if reviewing a sporting event? Cindy Sadler, while lamenting the sad state of many an opera review due to the loss of truly informed critics, tried her hand at just that: reporting on the 2014 World Series.
Taking the ‘Scene’ic Route

Taking the ‘Scene’ic Route

The National Opera Association’s competition offers a national stage for singers and their schools in a very unique way—the competition is only for opera scenes. Find out more about this exciting opportunity for colleges and singers alike.