How to Become an Opera Singer
Perhaps you have been inspired by the Three Tenors or even some great diva from the past, and opera has a sort of magical attraction to all. For some people more than others it is a greater calling and for the young people that yearn to be a professional opera singer then we have put together some pointers to help you along the way.
Being an opera singer is like no other musical profession, it needs total dedication and you will have to train hard at an opera orientated educational establishment. But the first hurdle is getting past the entrance audition, and the following will assist in that department.
- The first song you sing should set the tone, therefore it should be the most rehearsed piece you know and the one that you are most comfortable performing. The piece should also represent your age, so do not think of classic arias from famous operas.
- Rehearse your song thoroughly with just a piano, many young wannabee opera singers make the great mistake of rehearsing without accompaniment. And so when the audition day comes the accompaniment is more of a distraction.
- Music schools are looking for the real you, so sing from the heart. If you do this, you will get a stronger bond and connection. One of the hardest things to do when teaching singing is to get the student to really emote their true feelings.
- If you have selected a foreign language piece to perform at your interview, then you better be spot on with the pronunciation of the words.
- Do not be put off by the rather laconic approach of the examiners, they truly all want you to succeed but you are not the first or last of many applicants they have to see that day.
Selecting the Right School
Choosing the right school and voice tutor is imperative, and it is a well known fact that they are not all the same. Remember you will be training there for at least four years, so you have to be in harmony with both the school and in particular your singing teacher.
Perhaps it is a good idea to split your education, for your undergraduate years select a welcoming and liberal all-over arts establishment to give you a wider background. Then when you wish to focus on your advanced degree it is time to move to a professional college or conservatory.
Effort and Investment
Training to become an opera singer needs dedication and a great deal of investment by the student. To expand your vocal technique, you will have to put time and a considerable amount of effort into your studies. For instance some of the smaller conservatories have no dormitories, so if you are learning in a big city like New York or Paris, just trying to get to your lessons can be a trial in itself.
Finally, be prepared for a wider musical education than you may have anticipated. Most major degrees insist in skills such as aural training, music history, vocal diction in foreign languages, piano skills, and music theory as well as many others.
Once you have completed your training it is now time to look for a professional job. Some want to enter the operatic stage immediately, but you will find that often you have many more years to be spent in the chorus learning your trade.