Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The first part..
What to sing...... Over the years, (and I say this from my own experience as a singer as well) I have found that many singers try to figure out what the particular entity (manager, general director, conductor, young artist program, etc.) who they are singing for, might want to hear. I feel ( and I have found that many of my colleagues feel the same) that what you should always sing is what you feel best singing at the particular time you are auditioning. The obvious exception to this is when the auditioner asks for a particular excerpt. Otherwise, your best chance to make the impression you want to make is singing the aria that you can sing in the middle of the night if you have to. Most of the people you will sing for can make the leap from what you are singing to what their casting needs are. I will say more about this another time, but there is way too much "defensive" auditioning that happens. If you start out with the knowledge that cold auditions have steep odds, it should free you up to go ahead and really "perform" in the audition, instead of "auditioning" in the audition.