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Opera Singers

So You Want to Be An Opera Singer?

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 09.02.2014 | Arts
J Nelson Aviance

You must have something outside of music that you can enjoy and do in your downtime. Most people do, but if you don't, you needs to find a hobby that takes your mind off the insanity that singing and the classical music career can foster.

Motherhood, Stress and Opera Singing

Jennifer Rivera | Posted 07.20.2014 | Arts
Jennifer Rivera

When in the history of arts criticism has anyone mentioned a man being "stressed by fatherhood"? I would guess never.

Shouldn't You Be Skinnier? (and Other Opera Singer Rubbish)

Jennifer Rivera | Posted 07.20.2014 | Arts
Jennifer Rivera

Calling a perfectly beautiful and well-shaped woman fat turns what we do into little more than a wet t-shirt contest.

Opera in America: Is it Circling the Toilet?

Jennifer Rivera | Posted 05.21.2014 | Arts
Jennifer Rivera

What the HELL is happening to our art form in this country, and should we be sending the women and children to the lifeboats on this seeming Titanic?

Throwing Out the Baby With the Bathwater

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 03.08.2014 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

That music will always give me chills and a feeling of no turning back, just like the few opening bars of music before the curtain rises. It is hard not to cry at those moments.

Kia Makarechi

Andrea Bocelli Just Finished His Master's Thesis

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 12.03.2013 | Entertainment

It's not uncommon for folks at the top of their fields to take up teaching at universities, the sight of their names widening the eyes of eager underg...

WATCH: Why These Women Placed 88 Pianos Throughout NYC

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.06.2013 | Impact

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Monica Yunus felt compelled to do something to help. Though she struggled with exactly how she could be of servic...

All About Eve?

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 06.12.2013 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

I think covers have nerves of steel and a particular make up that allows them to work in high adrenaline situations. They need to be present but unobtrusive at rehearsals for the main cast.

Mozart Effect

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 04.03.2013 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Some people nodded to the music, others had tears in their eyes. Some held hands and others looked knowingly at each other, as one sometimes does in a movie theater. I wished I could see the little bubble over each head with their thoughts.

I Didn't Choose This Career. It Chose Me.

Kim Witman | Posted 01.28.2013 | Arts
Kim Witman

Our month-long cross-country search for next season's singers has drawn to a close. There were plenty of nervous auditionees, ten thousand miles on planes and trains, a dodged hurricane, many memorable people and much great music.

The Voice and Beyond: A Master Class With Bernarda Fink

Justin Moss | Posted 01.26.2013 | Miami
Justin Moss

Hailed as a "master of the disarming" with "deceptive simplicity" by the New York Times, mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink honored Florida Grand Opera (FGO) by conducting a master class for its Young Artist Studio.

Time Travel, Via the Royal Waves of Sound

Joyce DiDonato | Posted 01.20.2013 | Arts
Joyce DiDonato

As the audience slowly began to come to and start a rather stunned round of applause, my eye caught the "Bratwurst Gentleman," and there he was, bent in two, as if in agony. As he slowly lifted himself back up, he revealed a beet red face with tears pouring down his cheeks.

How High Can He Go?

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 10.30.2012 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Maybe the reason few know what true opera is and opera singers are is that it is not a part of popular culture. Gee... ya think?

Bye, Bye Fat Lady! Make Way for Opera's Sexiest Singers

Justin Moss | Posted 10.15.2012 | Arts
Justin Moss

Today's opera stars, men and women alike, must have the whole package. They need to be as convincing in their appearance as they are in their singing.

Gone Too Soon

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 10.13.2012 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Opera fans know of the early deaths of established singers like Kathleen Ferrier, Loraine Hunt Lieberson -- the James Deans -- -but they may never know of these promising artists.

To Compete or Not to Compete

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 04.20.2012 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

As a singer, vocal competitions are a necessary way of gaining notoriety and funding. I was never really a competition winner. Even still, I had a twenty-year career at the Met.

So You Want to Be an Opera Singer?

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 04.08.2012 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Majoring in music entails major multitasking and focus and a particular skill set. Those who think it is easy are misguided as those who think we never landed on the moon.

Arts Lust: The Youthful Maturity of a Tenor

Allan M. Jalon | Posted 12.11.2011 | Arts
Allan M. Jalon

Stephen Costello, the increasingly respected young tenor who recently helped open the Metropolitan Opera's new season, has a gift for candor that matches the sincerity of his voice.

VOTE: Does 'Pocahontas' Opera Snub Native Americans?

Posted 11.20.2011 | Arts

A Duluth, Minnesota production of "Pocahontas: A Woman of Two Worlds," an opera, is facing criticism this week for failing to cast a single Native Ame...

Opera's Got Talent

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 10.04.2011 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

To America's Got Talent, I hope the producers will trust that it is enough to hear a person sing beautifully, to express a primal emotion with just the sound of their voice. Lose the silly packaging. Drop the stereotypes.

Placido Domingo Opens New Restaurant Just Weeks After Cancer Surgery

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

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Charles Anthony, The Met Opera's 57-Year Long Tenor, To Retire

nytimes.com | JAMES BARRON | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Now, at 80, Mr. Anthony has become a Methuselah of the Met. It is tempting to say that he has appeared too many times to count, but the Met counts thi...