Category Archives: The Singing Profession

I’ll Keep my Tail, Thank You Very Much!

I grew up long before Disney got a hold of The Little Mermaid and took away her soul. We were raised on the Hans Christian Andersen version—a hellish, cautionary tale about the consequences of voicelessness. You know the story: in … Continue reading

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Was that an “ah” or a Yawn?

Artistic types all have their yuletide seasonal work. Dancers have their Nutcrackers, actors have A Christmas Carol and solo singers have their Messiahs. Also their Nutcrackers. Even though not many people see us there on the sidelines. It’s a sweet … Continue reading

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The Worst Carmen Performance Ever

I always dreamed of playing the title role in Bizet’s Carmen but, outside of opera previews, was forever fated to play one of Carmen’s two sidekicks, Mercedes. Carmen is the ill-fated gypsy who gets involved with a mama’s boy soldier, … Continue reading

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Then I’m sure to get a brain … a heart … a home, the NERVE!

All the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz needed was a medal. And voilà, courage! If only the solution could be so simple for the rest of us. Stage fright: the scourge of many a performer. Certainly it has … Continue reading

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Following that Dream

One thing writers and performers have in common: rich imaginations. “Be careful what you wish for,” as the saying goes! From the time THAT DREAM first sparks, you start picturing what your new life will be like. As an aspiring … Continue reading

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Joan, the Anti-Diva

When I told my piano teacher about my experience at the opera, she told me this wonderful story. She had gone to a song recital featuring Joan, who had done the entire recital with music, wearing her reading glasses. At some point, in between numbers, a woman stood up and said, “Miz Sutherland, why are you usin’ your music?”
Unperturbed, Joan replied, “Because, honey, I have a terrible memory.” Continue reading

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Dagger-Eyed Divas

Anyway, all that rejection can make you sneaky, conniving, and easily threatened, which is why my three not-very-nice divas are more plausible than you might think. Well, four, actually. One of them is already dead when the book begins. Continue reading

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The Wages of Sing is Debt

In my novel, Debbie is a struggling classical/opera singer living in Seattle. She doesn’t teach. Truth is,  a singer at that level couldn’t even pay for her apartment without teaching, even if she were the most popular mezzo soprano soloist … Continue reading

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The Overture

You found me! My novel, Ding Dong the Diva’s Dead, won’t be published for a few months, but there’s no reason we can’t start the conversation now. In these pages, I hope to engage second-string opera singers worldwide in a … Continue reading

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