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Aria guides: Mab, la reine des mensonges

Aria guides: Mab, la reine des mensonges

This aria is a ballad to Queen Mab, a mysterious fairy creature that gets into one's dreams; it's a breathless bit of excitement that sets up Mercutio as Roméo's outgoing, affable friend, so when he meets his end later in the opera, the loss sinks in deeply.

Jenna Simeonov
Aria guides: Vecchia zimarra

Aria guides: Vecchia zimarra

This aria from the final act of La bohème is two pages of what's stunning about a great bass. Colline, the philosopher among his band of bohemians, is doing his part after Mimì shows up at his apartment, looking for his friend Rodolfo and dying of tuberculosis. He decides to pawn his coat to help pay for a doctor, and because he's a philosopher, the decision is a weighty one

Jenna Simeonov
Aria guides: Voi, che sapete

Aria guides: Voi, che sapete

"Voi che sapete" is about puberty, becoming girl-crazy, and involuntary bodily functions that are fun but also difficult to hide. It's one of those Mozart arias that seems simple, but demands a lot in the details. With your teacher and coach, this Aria Guide can help Cherubinos-to-be get started:

Jenna Simeonov
An opera librettist's quarantine film picks

An opera librettist's quarantine film picks

"Probably my favorite comedy. No matter how many times I see this movie, I can’t help but laugh my ass off. I will go anywhere for Melissa McCarthy."

Jenna Simeonov
6 out-of-the-box gigs for singers to consider

6 out-of-the-box gigs for singers to consider

The most important thing to remember is being active on all social media platforms - it is super important right now to have an online presence so that people can see and respond to you. It’s also the easiest, fastest and a free way to advertise for any gigs!

Donna Maurer
Aria Guides: Vedrai, carino

Aria Guides: Vedrai, carino

The plot thickens when we consider that Zerlina nearly left Masetto for a tryst with the Don, and pouted her way out of getting caught by basically daring Masetto to spank her for being bad. This current aria can be taken as genuine love from Zerlina, or it can be a gross display of emasculation, the operatic equivalent of saying, "Aw, did Masetto get a boo-boo?"

Jenna Simeonov
Aria guides: Donde lieta uscì

Aria guides: Donde lieta uscì

Lyric sopranos fall easily in love with the music that Puccini writes for Mimì. As you work with your teacher on this aria, we can help you stay on track.

Jenna Simeonov
Aria guides: Parmi veder le lagrime

Aria guides: Parmi veder le lagrime

In this aria, the Duke is angry that Gilda, the young woman he lied to in order to get into her pants was kidnapped (by other terrible men), and until he finds her he can't get into her pants yet. That's right: Gilda's kidnapping is bad for him.

Jenna Simeonov
The Top 5 Things Your Music Instructor Wants You To Know

The Top 5 Things Your Music Instructor Wants You To Know

Have you ever wondered, when taking on music lessons, what requirements there may be when starting? Some instructors might give you a list of their requirements ahead of time, but most probably don't.

Donna Maurer
5 classical voice podcasts to try

5 classical voice podcasts to try

I'll fess up: I'm a podcast addict. They're the morphine drip that gets me through the day. But I've only dabbled in shows that focus on classical voice, and that's a problem. As an antidote, I've found five series, with different focuses, that are worth checking out.

Jeremy Hirsch

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