Category Archives: The Singing Profession

So You Want to Sing, Act, Dance?-Part II

Last week we joined four young talents to discuss the realities of a performing career. As is clear from Part I, I am not in the business of dream-weaving. Darcy Dancer: How can I lose? I’m a triple threat! Cat: … Continue reading

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So You Want to Sing, Act, Dance?–Part I

I have convened a question and answer session with the Class of ’12 and invite you to sit in. I hand-picked the participants based on their high level of talent and their ability to listen. In other words, they are … Continue reading

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A Butterfly with Longevity

I’ve written a few translations for operas, and one of the lyrics I am most proud of is in Alfred’s drinking song, from Johann Strauss, Jr.’s Die Fledermaus. Love is like a butterfly, Lasts at most but half a year. … Continue reading

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When is a Voice “Old”?

One of the most memorable (and enjoyable) opera performances I ever witnessed was at the Met in the late 80s: Alfredo Kraus (then in his 70s) and Frederica von Stade in Massenet’s Werther. Granted, Kraus was famous for turning down … Continue reading

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Oops, I did it again or, Perry and Drawing Blanks in Public

The topic of memory lapses is much in the news these days, with Perry’s big gaffe this week. I think he would have gotten away with just putting his foot in his mouth, but then he had to go and … Continue reading

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Dishing with Dennis & Cat, Concluded: Weird Stagings and Troubling Trends in Opera and Theater

C-Continuing on the subject of what stuff in book is true …. In an apprentice program I was in, there was a soprano who always cracked on the high notes. It was in the “Czardas” in Die Fledermaus. Every time … Continue reading

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Dishing with Dennis & Cat, Part IV: How Much of Diva is True?

D- I wondered throughout Ding Dong the Divaʼs Dead how much of it is you and how much of it really happened. C- It is funny because when my boyfriend reads the book, heʼs like, “I canʼt read this. This … Continue reading

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Dishing with Dennis and Cat, Part III: Stage Lovers

C- Back in my day when I was first starting out as a performer, I always had the lead in show and I always had a crush on the leading man in the show. It didnʼt matter if he was … Continue reading

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Dishing with Dennis and Cat, Part II: Wedding Dreams

Dennis is writing a book about gay marriage and its special significance for him. I myself have never married in real life, but was married on stage in The Sound of Music, when I played Maria in summer stock. Marriage … Continue reading

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Dishing with Dennis and Cat, Part 1

I still plan to finish the Divas in Drag Series, but for the next month or so, I’m offering a light summer diversion … Dennis Milam Bensie and I were introduced through my boyfriend’s daughter, who is a costume designer, … Continue reading

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