WVW Early Bird Registration Ends March 31!

World Voice Weekend Early Bird registration ends March 31! I’ll admit it, after an initial flurry of signups, registration is going more slowly than I hoped. Which is baffling to me, because people have responded to this program as follows:   Unfortunately, I’m not hearing, “Take my money!” I have enough people to fill the masterclasses, butContinue reading “WVW Early Bird Registration Ends March 31!”

One World, Many Voices – World Voice Weekend

I am very excited to announce that I am planning events not only for April 16, World Voice Day (which, hopefully, will be very different from last year’s), but for the entire weekend, which I’m calling World Voice Weekend. The theme of WVD this year is “One World/Many Voices” and that will be reflected inContinue reading “One World, Many Voices – World Voice Weekend”

Sing me a story: Creating your backstory

Tonight I will be holding a studio class for my private students about creating a backstory.   When I played Mother Abbess in Sound of Music, my back story was that my character’s name was born Johanna Schmidt and was from a relatively prosperous and devout Catholic family in Austria. She was trained in piano andContinue reading “Sing me a story: Creating your backstory”

What the Actual…

The word fach sounds like a bad word. It is a German word meaning “compartment” and is used in opera to describe particular voice types, often in incredibly specific detail. There’s: soubrette lyric soprano light lyric soprano full lyric soprano lyric coloratura soprano lyrico-spinto soprano dramatic soprano drammatico-spinto soprano helden soprano heldensoubrette (okay, that one wasContinue reading “What the Actual…”