While opera is regarded by some as a dying art, a talented crop of new singers and producers continue to rise through the ranks.
With new stars emerging, and established heavyweights continuing to dominate, opera is far from finished. However, for a new or aspiring opera singer, it can be difficult to know how best to hone the craft.
Read on as we look at some of the most important things when entering the field of opera singing.
If you wanted to learn how to play the guitar or operate a DJ controller, rest assured that YouTube would be only too glad to provide you with ample learning material. Unfortunately, however, opera singing is something of a niche skill. Therefore, it can be difficult to find even basic information on this subject.
That said, two skills are proposed as the basic necessities of opera singing for beginners. These are singing powerfully, and singing at a high pitch. While there are many other competencies involved in being an elite opera singer, these two skills are the basis for your new craft.
Luckily, you can practice them at home without relying on much extra equipment. Just make sure not to keep the neighbors awake!
One of the most important considerations for new opera singers is their voice. Specifically, you’ll need to learn how to maintain it.
The first key here is to practice properly. Opera singers need to be able to hit demanding notes in quick succession and to do this for hours on end. You will need to build the ability to do this slowly. Schedule longer and longer practice sessions over time, gradually increasing your endurance.
As well as practice, there are diet and lifestyle factors to consider. Eat well, and avoid foods that specifically inhibit singing capacity. These include carbonated drinks and chocolate. And never smoke!
While composers like Michael Ching write in English, opera is predominantly sung in other languages. In order to become a proficient opera singer, you’ll need to develop skills in a couple of them. This doesn’t mean that you need to be able to converse with locals. However, pronunciation is very important. The most important languages in opera are Italian, French, and Russian.
You may be tempted to teach opera singing to yourself. However, you’re unlikely to become really good unless you enlist the help of a good coach. A talented instructor will completely change your approach. You’re looking for someone that can point out the key issues in your performance after listening to you for mere minutes.
Every instructor is different, as is every singer. Make sure to pick one that will suit your needs and skills as a performer.
Opera Singing: Do You Think You’re Up to the Challenge?
As you probably already know, opera singing may not be a picnic for everyone. It is difficult to master. Not only that, but the competitive market makes it difficult for even real talent to shine. However, with the advice above, you have a good starting point for your opera singing exploits.
If becoming an opera singer is your dream, don’t let anything stand in your way. Put your knowledge into practice and realize your goals!