Claudia Friedlander
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I am a:
Teacher, Teaching Artist, Performing Artist
My school is:
The Liberated Voice
My style(s) of music:
Classical, Heavy Metal, Musical Theater, Opera, Rock
I am interested in:
Multimedia Projects, Performing
My musical instrument(s):
Clarinet, Voice
More about me:
I'm a classically trained soprano, and I've performed in opera and recital throughout the eastern United States and Canada. Career highlights include performances of Arnold Schoenberg’s Erwartung and the title roles in Madama Butterfly and Tosca. I created the role of Gabrielle Martin in Paul Mathews’ opera Chatter & Static, and I've been featured in concerts of the Consortium of Vermont Composers. I've participated in summer festivals at Music Academy of the West and Tanglewood.

These days I perform recitals several times a year, but my primary focus is teaching singing. I maintain a busy private studio in New York City, and I have more than 15 years of experience teaching singing technique to professionals and amateurs who perform everything from opera to Persian classical music to death metal. I earned my BA in Music at Bennington College, MM degrees in both Voice and Clarinet Performance at Peabody Conservatory, and a DMus in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at McGill University.

I've also been a Teaching Artist for Carnegie Hall for the past four years. I work in elementary, middle-school, and high-school classrooms teaching a variety of curricula developed by Carnegie.

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Social Media: Creating Community & Keeping in Touch

How do you keep friends, colleagues and fans up to date on your performances and other news? Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook provide simple, effective tools for building community, promoting performances, and offering a window on your backstage and offstage activities. Social media platforms are highly adaptable. You can use them to share as much or as little of your life as you wish. Some performers reserve their accounts for strictly professional use, while others use them to promote causes that are important to them or discuss hobbies and other extra-musical activities. They provide a friendly way to interact with fans while maintaining whatever level of privacy is important to you.  Here are a few of my favorite social media savvy opera singers. Feel free to post links to your own accounts in the comments section and share your thoughts on using social media to further your creative and professional agendas! …See More
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Claudia Friedlander added a discussion to the group Voice Studio

The Big Picture: Collecting & Presenting Production Photos

In addition to your head shot, it’s useful to create and collect publicity and production shots whenever you have the opportunity. A gallery of high-quality photos of you on stage in costume is a great addition to your web site. It helps opera companies get an idea of what you are like in action and demonstrates your dramatic versatility.  Opera companies, training programs and schools commonly engage a professional photographer to document their productions, and you can usually also license their photos for your own purposes. The increasing affordability of digital cameras and improvements in the quality of phone cameras is leading singers themselves to take up a photography hobby, often with delightful and valuable results. This post will offer guidelines for licensing and crediting the work of professional photographers, as well as encouragement to try your own hand at capturing production images.  Professional Production Shots As with headshot photography, opera photography is an…See More
Sep 14
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Choosing Audition Repertoire for Performance Degree Programs: Advice from the Other Side of the Table

Selecting audition repertoire for undergraduate and graduate degree programs can seem an overwhelming prospect – there are so many art songs and arias to choose from!  Begin narrowing down your options by studying the individual requirements of each school you’re applying to. Undergraduate programs usually request about five selections in contrasting styles and languages. They’ll focus on art song but will sometimes encourage an aria or two. Graduate programs are more varied in their audition repertoire requirements. Depending on the focus of their curriculum, they may ask for a standard five-aria package, a selection of repertoire equal to a full recital program, or anything in between.  I asked five voice teachers who serve on audition panels for their schools to share their thoughts on how to put together a great entrance audition package. One area where they are in strong agreement is the importance of choosing repertoire that you love and that showcases your what is most exciting…See More
Aug 31
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Practicing at the Right Pace

How long does it take you to learn a new aria, from the moment you begin to study it until you’re ready to present it in an audition or performance?  Every singer must develop their own process for preparing repertoire based on their levels of skill and experience as well as the speed at which they most comfortably absorb new information. Some may be able to fully prepare a new piece over the course of a week or two, but most will require a few months to effectively put a new aria into their voice, create a robust dramatic realization, and share it in auditions with confidence.  However, each season I see some singers scrambling to learn a new aria in order to be considered for a role they just learned a company is casting, while others put arias on their lists that feature a high note or a cadenza that they can reliably execute only 2 times out of 10.  I cannot possibly overstate the importance of impeccable repertoire preparation. No matter how beautiful your voice or charismatic…See More
Aug 16

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At 12:06pm on August 19, 2014, Hillary said…

Sure, will do! (I think my phone kicked it to the front page.)  Thanks!

At 8:11pm on August 6, 2014, Jonathan Gaby said…

Hi Claudia! Thank you for the welcome! I already see a lot of value in this site and I hope others do as well! Thanks for creating it!

At 8:37am on July 12, 2014, Edward Rivera said…

Ms. Friedlander

Thank you so much for showing me how to join. Forgive my ignorance, but what do I do from here? Do I download me singing? or do I take a trip to meet and be part of the Voice Studio?

At 6:29pm on July 11, 2014, Edward Rivera said…

Ms. Friedlander

How does one join the Voice Studio?

At 9:33am on June 6, 2014, Emmalouise St. Amand said…

Thank Claudia!

At 6:30pm on June 5, 2014, Sharon Alexander said…

Thank you Claudia!  I was a music major at Catholic (MM in Vocal Pedagogy).  I am looking forward to participating in the Voice Studio!

At 2:45pm on May 6, 2014, Shelly Gage said…

Thank you very much. I'm glad you like it.

At 10:59am on May 6, 2014, Shelly Gage said…

Hi, Claudia! Thank you very much. As of right now, I do not compose choral music. However, this could change in the future. The piano music I compose is very much inspired by the choral setting. Many of the chord voicings I use, as well as the harmonic and melodic lines, are influenced by the way the music would be set up for a group of singers. I've spent a lot of time performing with a chorus and taking private classical voice lessons. Singing isn't my first talent, but the repertoire definitely helps my composition.

At 8:35pm on April 20, 2014, James Jabez Min said…

Hello. Thank you for greeting me. How do I share? I started a Youtube Channel so if you let me know I can share the link possibly. 

At 11:21pm on April 10, 2014, Erin Keblinsky said…

The music program is still going good at Doherty. We actually just had our spring musical, we performed "Guys and Dolls", and i was a dancer and singer. 

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Opera: A Balance of Vocalism, Drama & Spectacle

Posted on April 9, 2013 at 10:22am 0 Comments

The Metropolitan Opera's (New York) new Ring Cycle (Wagner) productions are all designed around an enormous, sophisticated and malleable mechanical set known as The Machine. You can see its exciting and versatile potential for yourself in the trailer Deutsche Grammophone produced for its DVDs of the four-opera set. 



It looks quite stunning in…


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