We have begun rehearsals for L'Italiana in Algeri, and we are blessed with a cast boasts many examples of "that certain something" that makes them riveting as performers.
As always, I am trying to translate what I see and hear in my own experiences into tangibles that you may perhaps use on your own journey.
One way to try to get to the core of what gives certain performers an x factor that makes them successful is to try to break down their component parts objectively.
For instance: he/she sings with tonal intensity, and moves on stage with great fluidity, and always maintains eye contact with colleagues. While all of that may be true, I don't know if you really get to the answer of what makes a performer irresistible by breaking it down like this.
At the end of the day, I think really successful performers give the impression of showing you (audience, artistic director, etc.) just enough, so that you are pulled into wanting to know more.
Of course, every one has a different way of creating this allure, but I think however it is achieved, this quality plays a big part in being a successful performer.
I, of course, am not suggesting that this "quality" takes the place of technique, work ethic, musicality, etc, but when all is said and done, all of these things are purely the platform to put across what the artist wants to share.
In our coachings and lessons, I think we sometimes pursue the tools and forget the message!
The "message" is that unique spark that made you choose this art form in the first place.
Please, please, please, hold onto that, because it will play an important factor in doing successful auditions, and indeed, performances.