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Become the very best singer you can be! Share your performances, experiences, and ideas in the Voice Studio and connect with some of the singers who are performing in recitals at Carnegie Hall this season. Claudia Friedlander, a voice teacher based in New York City, is your guide on this exploration of vocal technique, repertoire, and interpretation. 

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The Singer's Audition Handbook

Choosing your repertoire for audition season? Check out this blog post by Claudia Friedlander for advice on designing a balanced audition package, including advice from professional singers!

Throughout the summer and early fall, The Singer’s Audition Handbook will help you identify, prepare, and successfully audition for the educational and performance opportunities that are right for you. 


Joyce DiDonato Master Classes

Renowned mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato presents a series of three master classes focusing on opera arias next season at Carnegie Hall. Four singers will be selected to participate in this set of public events, which will be streamed live online. 

Keep checking the Voice Studio as we give you tips on how to prepare your audition materials in preparation for this wonderful opportunity!

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Comment by Claudia Friedlander 22 hours ago

A Skype session with soprano Hillary LaBonte discussing skillful use of appoggiatura in Mozart and the importance of learning your arias from the right published edition. Learn more about how to choose and present audition arias in this post from the Singer's Audition Handbook

Comment by Hillary on August 18, 2014 at 10:06pm
Hi everyone! I'm currently trying to figure out my five arias for auditions this year. I'd appreciate any feedback! About my voice: I'm a soprano in my late 20s, and I have a darker timbre, medium weight and volume, and easy low and high notes. Here's what I'm thinking:

My most comfortable pieces:
-Temerari...Come scoglio (Cosi fan tutte)
-Ain't it a pretty night (Susannah)

Possibilities:
-Ach, ich liebte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) - okay to have two Mozart coloratura pieces?
-Adieu, notre petite table (Manon)
-A simple sailor (HMS Pinafore) - is it okay to include Gilbert & Sullivan?
-Al dolce guidami (Anna Bolena)
-Tanto amore segreto (Turandot)
Comment by Claudia Friedlander on July 16, 2014 at 10:45am

Great perspective for young singers from mezzo-soprano Jennifer Rivera: 10 Things About Having an Opera Career That You Don't Learn in School. If you're not already following Jenny's blog on HuffPost, you should be! 

Comment by Claudia Friedlander on July 14, 2014 at 11:52am

You could create a video focusing on an aria that you love - share a performance that you especially like, then provide commentary afterwards on the context and the singer! That would also be great to share with this community!

Comment by Hala Chergui on July 14, 2014 at 11:49am

Thank you! Well the music was my debate too haha I thought of putting it at first because since my videos concern more people who don't know Opera it was a way for them to hear some and get to know the popular arias... I'll see what I can do!! Xo

Comment by Claudia Friedlander on July 14, 2014 at 8:34am

Great to see you in the Voice Studio, Hala! You're doing a terrific job of using social media and your YouTube channel to reach out to our community and share important ideas - I love your video discussion on voice vs appearance. Quick suggestion: having the tenor singing in the background is a bit of a distraction - when I hear opera singing, that's where my ear goes, so it makes it harder to focus on what you're saying. I think you don't need any background music, but if you want some, I'd keep it a simple instrumental track. Keep up the great work! 

Comment by Hala Chergui on July 14, 2014 at 12:06am

Started a Youtube Channel to promote Opera to younger audiences! More to come this is just the beginning <3 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC54Z9brdtZRO16g-QZmQuPw Let me know what you think! Also if you guys have fun suggestions im open to all ideas! Singers are awesomeeeeeeee

Comment by Siobhra Quinlan on June 9, 2014 at 2:29am

Hey y'all, I'm new here! Here are some recordings...any feedback is more then welcome :) https://soundcloud.com/siobhra-quinlan

Comment by Rebecca Rose Nisco on June 7, 2014 at 1:39pm

Hey Everyone! Would any male singer be willing to sing this french song from a musical (Romeo and Juliet) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rv5HkbIFio0

Contact me if you're interested!

rebeccaniscomusic@gmail.com

Comment by Jonah Verdon on June 6, 2014 at 9:45am

Hey guys, I am excited about The Singer's Audition Handbook project!! I also thought you would be interested in this, I interviewed MORGAN JAMES who is trained classically, is a Broadway star, and is now an Epic recording artist. She is someone who got a degree in classical singing from Juilliard and has followed a successful, unexpected career track!! Check it out:

 

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