Lecture/Listening Series: "What's It Going to Take?" The Journey to Becoming a Professional Opera Singer

on March 20, 2024 at Brighton Memorial Library

Lecture/Listening Series: "What's It Going to Take?" The Journey to Becoming a Professional Opera Singer

The development of a voice for a professional-level operatic singing career can only begin when two non-negotiable, unteachable qualities are present: a keen musical ear and a natural vocal coordination. These and many other qualities go into the making of an operatic artist including expressive skill, instinctive musical phrasing, poetic sensitivity, artistic curiosity, facility with languages, good physical condition, self-discipline, patience, the ability to benefit from criticism and to persist in spite of rejection.

Our presenter Constance Fee is Director of Vocal Studies and Associate Professor of Vocal Performance at Roberts Wesleyan University in Rochester, NY. Described in OPERNWELT Berlin as “vocally brilliant, dramatically spontaneous, and thoroughly alive,” Constance Fee has performed leading roles with the Opéra National de Paris la Bastille, Opéra Comique, Opéra de Lyon, Netherlands Opera, New Israeli Opera, Welsh National Opera, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Oper der Stadt Köln, Vienna Volksoper, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Her repertoire of over fifty soprano and mezzo-soprano roles includes the title roles in Puccini's Tosca, Bizet's Carmen, Rossini's La Cenerentola, Donizetti’s La Favorite, and Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss, as well as Brangäne in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos by Strauss, and Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther.

Come and hear Connie's "no holds barred" description of what it takes to go pro.

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