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Beautiful text from Corinne

Love yourself.MAKE PEACE with who you areand where you at this moment in time.Listen to your heart.If you can’t hear what it’s sayingin this noisy world,MAKE TIME for yourself.Enjoy your own company.Let your mind wander among the stars.Try.Take chances.MAKE...

Tough Questions

I recently posted a list of questions from Wolf Trap Opera's blog about pursuing a career in the performing arts. I think these questions are great for anyone, in any career, but I just had to answer them for myself and I chose to share my answers with you (to keep me...

The question

The question always is:What is that intangible thing that distinguishes a good performer from a great one?Audiences can immediately sense it, no matter how educated or un-educated they are in music. This seems to include casting directors (even though they can be...

Getting things done

Today I started following the blog of someone I don't know, but which was recommended to me by a friend. It is found at Tynan.net. In his most recent post, Tynan discusses the difference between being primarily a consumer or primarily a producer. The idea is that most...

Vocal discoveries

After making my recording last week, I needed a few epiphanies to help me start to really love my voice again, and to start to put my technique back together.-Music has to move through time - it is meant to make beautiful the passing of time. Dwelling on the past does...

Recording

Making a recording is always interesting. In fact, I believe I began a blog post with that exact sentence about a year and a half ago when I did my last recording. There are good and bad things about recording - but most of all, it proves to you that what you think...

The kind of singer we all aspire to be…

Firstly, all the voices without exception show remarkable flexibility, the tone is made to come and go in the form of sudden or gradual messa di voce in a way which greatly emphasizes both the dynamics and the varying emotional content of the music: and the melismatic...

Things I need to learn…

...or am in the process of learning.-Even though embellishments and ornamentation are sometimes expected, the music is beautiful just as it is.-Very high notes are not the only notes that will impress in an audition.-Your voice cannot make the music, it can only let...

On Marking

Kay, Elster. Bel Canto and the Sixth Sense: A discursive and technical essay on the traditional Italian physical style of singing examined by means of the facilities of modern science. London: Dobson Books, 1963. (p. 74)'The voice is part of the whole human structure...

Happy Coincidences

My day spent in New York was, for the most part, one of those days where nothing goes wrong. We woke up to a beautiful, warm and sunny day.  I am amazed that it is late November (already) and there is no snow on the ground and the colourful leaves are still on the...

New York

I haven't been to New York since two years ago when I was here with my mom. At that time, I was about to make the move to study in Paris, and it was the first time I was going to be going anywhere by myself. I was so excited, so naive, and so young. This is what...

A night at the opera

It is 2 am and I am not supposed to blog, but that is when these things come to me. Inopportune times. In fact, that is usually when everything comes. Always at the wrong time. But the wrong time is nearly always right.I went to see The Magic Flute at Opera de...

A new dance

The past few days I have been sick. This is normally a bad thing, but this time it has enabled me to finish alot of work at home and get organized to the point where I feel under control. Meanwhile, I have become better, but quite sick of staying in the apartment, and...

Getting Settled

Things have been clicking and clicking and clicking into place in the past few weeks. Finally, I am beginning to feel the rhythm of life here, how to work most effectively and when I should just give in and go for a beer. For the first time in my life, most of my...

from “Singing in Style: Classic” by Edward F. Menerth

For the Mozartian singer must use his voice with the same strength and agility as the ballet dancer uses his body. The appearance of smoothness and clarity conceals the fundamental strength that makes grace possible. It is truly the art that conceals art, for one must...

Focus

I think most people know me as a fairly hard worker. I hate to admit it, but whenever someone has said that to me, I have felt like they don't really know me. I know that I work hard on things that I feel like and that I keep a busy schedule, but I have known for a...

Highlights in Montreal

-Going into the practise rooms at 9:00pm on a Saturday night and having to WAIT for a practise room. It is so refreshing to be around people who care about perfecting their artform.-Opera McGill. The program is set up exactly to make us be able to succeed in the...

Beginnings at McGill

Ever since before I began my undergrad, I wanted to attend McGill. Montreal seemed so far away and culturally refined, and I knew that the music school was fantastic. However, I knew that you cannot just go to a school as a singer; you must go to a teacher. The dream...