Monday, April 25, 2011

Favorite arias have changed over the years

As I was listening to our Studio Artist Auditions this Spring (excellent again this year), I was struck again how certain arias have their heydays as favorites, and then drop off, and then come back.
For instance, in recent years, Be Kind and Courteous from A Midsummer Night's Dream has become quite the favorite with sopranos, while mezzos seem to have replaced Must the Winter Come So Soon from Vanessa with Things Change Jo from Little Women.

In any case, the breadth of style and language that we hear in auditions has grown so much, and certainly outstrips what we were doing when I started auditioning......

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Comment on recent comments

I very much appreciate the comments to my last post. The last poster mentioned that it is perhaps too disheartening in today's world for singers to get out there and try to make it.
Two points:

1. People will never follow their dreams based on the practicalities of those dreams. They may adapt them based on the realities they encounter, but that doesn't change the need to follow the impulse.

2. As frustrating as I know this profession can be, and as limited as opportunities may be, keep in mind that there are more opera companies and more Young Artist programs today than there were 50 years ago. I don't think even with increased numbers of people trying, the odds are worse than they used to be.

Keep those comments coming!