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Adria Firestone
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Adria Firestone is a speaker, author and educator. For 25+ years, Adria was an award-winning opera singer and actor whose credits ranged from her world-renowned Carmen to Family Guy. Adria gives seminars in self-help and performance skills throughout the world. On the faculty at NJCU for the past 11 years, Adria is the author of and Harness Your ZEBRA

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Caregivers: The Problem With Being Strong

(9) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 4:02 PM

My sister showed me this meme of a lion with the words: The problem with being strong is, no one ever asks you how you are.. She also gave me the opportunity to feel the truth of that in every cell. 2016-04-09-1460238987-2694553-Lion.jpg

I am...

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When a Car Is Not a Car

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 8:52 AM

When inspiration for writing pops into my head, it often makes me laugh. The title of this article made me think of the old joke: when is a door not a door? When it's ajar. I am shocked to report that I have also discovered a car is not a...

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Forgiveness for Mother and Child

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 8:41 AM

I was listening to Wayne Dyer's The Power of Intention the other morning on the drive to work. The program ended and I was just about to turn off the car when the CD continued with some bonus material. Wayne began telling the story of hating his father for deserting...

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Is Opera Dead? Is the Met Next?

(6) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 2:12 PM

San Diego Opera will close its doors this year; an era is ending whether I want to admit it or not. I performed there many times and always had an extraordinarily collaborative experience. It felt like my home company.

Reality The audience that can afford to pay $280 for...

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The Singer's Addiction Act II: The Pain

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 5:39 PM

Rhett, Rhett... Where will I go, what will I do? Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind

In our last blog we discussed the difficult decision to leave the stage. Here, in part two, we examine the heartache and grief surrounding this major directional change, and the time needed to truly...

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The Singer's Addiction: Is It Time for a Career Change?

(6) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 6:47 PM

Much like that wonderful line from The Princess Bride, "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die," I warn you. As we begin this discussion of retiring from professional singing, prepare to be wounded.

It is achingly difficult to think of giving up something in...

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You Are Not Your Talent

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 1:25 PM

To my performing arts students
No one asked you to get on stage. You want to "show" your business to the world. You want the adulation, you want the praise. Who gave you the idea that all the attention you want so desperately will be positive? Don't you know...

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How to Reveal a Character Onstage

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 12:03 PM

Yesterday a reader told me on watching my representation of Carmen that it didn't seem like I was acting. It inspired me to share my reply with my students.

Beautiful observation and you are right. First and foremost, if you can see an actor or...

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The Roar of Silence: An Unexpected Gift From Hurricane Sandy

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 11:40 AM

This week, no doubt a cruel Halloween prank, Hurricane Sandy devastated the state of New Jersey and wreaked havoc in several other states. Here we sit miraculously alive, wet, cold and hungry in the dark. My heart goes out to the thousands whose lives have been devastated by this horrific...

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When All That's Left of Me Is Love, Give Me Away

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 1:37 PM

On August 26, 2012, a creative, inspiring soul left this planet and her colleagues and the students she loved will honor her passing in a memorial service at New Jersey City University. Annette LeSiege accomplished a great deal in her lifetime. She was a classical composer with over 70 published...

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