Wednesday, January 26, 2011


The next time you are getting ready to audition, and you are nervous, and you are asking yourself why you are putting yourself out there to be judged, picked apart, and potentially humiliated, remember:
  • you are singing because at some point back in high school or before, there was something inside of you that had to come out, and your vocal chords let you do that.
  • the first time you heard an opera or an opera singer live, and how you felt transported and changed by the experience.
  • the person at a free concert or a retirement home who came up to you and told you that hearing that much beloved aria or song again made their day (or perhaps week or month).
  • that success in this business is all about the journey, not the destination. Every recital, supporting role, church gig, chorus part, leading role, etc. is a moment in time that you have been given to share the very special gift that is singing. Whether it's the Met or an outdoor free park concert, it is a special privilege to share what we do.
If you can keep at least a couple of those bullet points in your head before you go out there to be picked apart by someone like me, perhaps it will make it just a touch easier.......


  1. Thank you for this reminder - it's always helpful to put in this type of perspective every once in a while. I think I will plan to make use of this perspective much more often this year.

  2. Thank you for this. So true...I just had a woman come up to me after mass last Sunday who told me that her mother just passed who had been a singer for many years and that my singing reminded her of her mom. She had tears of joy in her eyes. I told her that is why I sing. So that I can inspire and touch people's hearts through song. I was inspired to go into classical/opera singing by the Three Tenors. The first concert they did was on PBS and I was young and had never experienced this music before. I was so moved by their singing that I knew at that moment that is what I was meant to do. :) Thank you so much for reminding me! :)