Thursday, October 31, 2013


Complaint: I don't eat enough fruits and vegetables. What can help motivate me?
Answer:  Fruits and veggies provide many of the nutrients needed to prevent heart disease and cancer, as well giving you the tools you need to stay healthy and energized for late night rehearsals and traveling. Joining a local farm share can help you to stimulate the economy and motivate you to eat them!

Complaint: I am so busy I just want to buy easy things to cook.
Too busy to go out and shop?  Try a local organic delivery service such as Door to Door Organics.  This service allows you to select produce and have it DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR!  No more excuses not to make those green smoothies or to incorporate vegetables.  Chances are if you pay to have them delivered, you will find a way to eat them and voila! More veggies in your diet.  Look for a local delivery service in your area.

Complaint: But, they are too expensive!!
Companies like these are very affordable.  We priced out the same products that came in one box of organic produce verses the price in the grocery store and the difference was $25!!  On average, a small box costs $20.  This can often be split into 2 weeks. Just think about it $10 a week for ORGANIC produce, AND you are supporting your local farmers. :)

Complaint: I don't know how to cook them!
Door to Door Organics offers a search engine on their site where you can type in the produce name, and it will give you a list of recipes that go along with it. You can save these in bookmark form or you can save them in your meal "plan".  You see in advance what is coming in your box and can plan your other ingredients around your produce box.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Store Bought vs. Homemade

Ladies and gentleman, get ready for this edition of Sexi: Versus!, a fun column which  compares store bought and prepackaged foods with their home-assembled counterparts, focusing on cost, value, and nutrition! Today’s contenders are the convenient and beautifully packaged “Cottage Double”  and the made-with-love cottage cheese and fruit spread bowl.

Our first contender boasts the epitome of ease with its ready-to-go packaging and mindful portion size, complete with 2% cottage cheese and a sweet fruit topping.  This little snack pack is available in several  flavors to suit your every craving and tasty desire…just grab a spoon and you’re set to dig in.  When you catch them on sale, they average about $1.00 a pop, which won’t set you back a whole lot and is a far better choice than the “dollar double cheeseburger” you saw advertised on that sign driving to work. But will it satisfyyour hunger? Will it fulfill your nutritional needs?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Nobody Said It Was Easy!

A Guide to Successful Fitness and Health While on the Road

Greetings Sexi Sopranos!

Many of you have asked us to talk about topics such as agents, auditions, and attractive fashions for performing, BUT the big topic suggestion buzzing around our feed is Fitness and Health.

We know many of you are traveling for auditions for jobs, schools, groups, and young artist programs but are scared to death of failing to maintain your daily workout routine. Fear not Sops! The team at Sexi Soprano is here to help you out with a few suggestions for exercising and eating healthy while on the road! 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

JFK Becomes and Opera!

Fort Worth Opera lives up to its word by commissioning new opera!

Friday, October 11, 2013

"Aria Ready: The Business of Singing " A new book by Carol Kirkpatrick

"You are the product, the company and the person who manages your business" Might want to learn how!

Deborah Voigt Teaches us a Valuable Lesson

A lesson to us all. Stand up for the longevity of your instrument. Stand up for the health of your body. Know your body and know yourself.

"A lot of people “cannot grasp” that singers would do anything to jeopardize their voices, “even if they’re 325 pounds and their knees are giving out and they are borderline diabetic,” she said. But, “I just thought I can’t do this anymore. It’s not worth it.” "

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Kiri Te Kanawa on Downton

'Sexi' Soprano, Dame Kiri 

Te Kanawa to guest star in 

an episode of Downton 

Abby! We are so excited!

Artistic Challenges: Arizona Opera Chief Takes On Funding

"I’ve been in “La Bohème” probably 60, 70 times onstage, and I still cry at the exact same moment that I did the first time I heard the show as an audience member. But I can’t serve “La Bohème” for dinner every night five nights a week. We’re the only full-scale, full-production opera company in our state, and we do have a responsibility to expose people to something that is bigger and more diverse. ... So we’re looking at how to do that better."

Great thinking!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Lip Color for Any Budget

Does your lip color often fail you in an audition or rehearsal setting? Do you ever leave a meeting with donor and realize that your lipstick has completely dried out your lips? We at Sexi Soprano have slaved away in order to research and wear numerous lipsticks products, and let me tell you, it was hard work sampling all those great lipsticks.  From our research, we have created a list of what we believe to be some of the best lip color products. Categorized by “splurges”, “half splurges” and “steals”, this list has everything from lipsticks and lip pencils, to lip stains and even lip tar. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Check out this article by Vanity Fair about the Met's Cosi revival.  This will be Maestro Levine's first performance in 2 years! Welcome back Maestro!
 Up and coming 'Sexi' soprano Susanna Philips will sing the glamourous role of Fiordiligi.  Find out more at

 Erik Madigan Heck

Monday, October 7, 2013

What it's actually like to be an Opera Singer!

What it’s ACTUALLY like to be an Opera Singer: An Interview with Heidi Melton

By on October 2, 2013
heidi_melton_valkyrie_posePeople ask me all the time what it’s like being an Opera Singer. I have my standard answers that I recycle and reuse whenever necessary. They ask me all sorts of things, and I’ve noticed that strangers have absolutely no problem delving into the most personal of information immediately upon meeting you.
“Oh wow! You’re an opera singer? Don’t you have a real job? How do you handle moving around all the time? That must be really hard on your personal life. You’re not getting younger are you? Don’t you want kids?”
Holy Mary. Cut to the core of me, you bastards. Unfortunately, most of the time the people who are asking these invasive questions are people who fund our livelihood so you better come up with an answer and you better come up with it quick, and it better be interesting and funny and a little self deprecating and it better make them feel like they’re spending their hard earned inheritances on the right art. Champagne helps. I usually say something like, “Well, singing opera is my real job and I feel very lucky to travel the world and meet new and interesting people like you!” Then I deflect. I don’t want to screlt at people for inappropriately asking my plans for procreation so I turn it around on them. Getting people to talk about themselves is a sure fire way to avoid having to answer these deeply personal questions.
Lately, I’ve been asked by a lot of young singers what it’s ACTUALLY like to be an Opera Singer. I think they want to know if they’re going to go from College to Young Artist Program to instant fame and glory and glamour. I feel dishonest giving them my sugar coated standard answer, so I’m using the phone a friend lifeline.
Ms. Heidi Melton is one of my nearest and dearest friends and we are both figuring this crazy career out as we go along. You can read all about her seemingly unstoppable career here: From outfit choices to travel plans, and from career decisions to boy problems…there isn’t anything we haven’t talked about in great length. No matter where we are in the world, we always find time to connect with each other, and so I’d like to share my mostly unedited interview/conversation/gab session with the one and only Heidi Melton!!

See the rest of the article at:

Saturday, October 5, 2013

"A Woman in Morocco"

Butler School of Music mounts Daron Hagen's "A Woman in Morocco". 

Daron Hagen is one of America’s most versatile, prolific, and respected composers. All eight of his major operas are currently in production or revival somewhere in the U.S., Europe, or Asia. His orchestral, chamber, and song catalogues are frequently programmed internationally. Mr. Hagen’s activities include stage direction, conducting; and engagements as a collaborative pianist, artistic director, writer, and librettist.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Midwest Institute of Opera

Singers: Looking for a young artist training program that wont break the bank? Tired of spending your entire summer away from your home and your bills? 

Consider Midwest Institute of Opera in Illinois. This program mounts a full opera in 10 days as well as a cover concert, scenes program and coachings. Work with Met Opera conductor Joshua Greene as well as well known director James Marvel. Their 2014 season will present Bizet's Carmen!

"It is MIO’s goal to give you, the emerging professional musician, an opportunity to shine on the stage in this intensive no-nonsense summer opera program; offering young artists the chance to perform complete operatic roles in their original language under the guidance of our professional opera staff, their experience and their expertise. Your success is our success."

- Professor John M. Koch, and Tracy M. Koch, Lirico Spinto soprano, Artistic Directors and co-founders, MIO

Curious how to build your professional internet "presence"?

Check out this series from the National Opera Center of America. You stream these sessions from the comfort of your home. Valuable advice that is hard to find. Go get 'em SS'ers!




Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Shining, The Opera

With King's blessing, Minnesota Opera will mount a classic novel. Check it out!
"An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination. it becomes my life. and it stays part of my life long after I've left the opera house."
-- Maria Callas

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Managing Rejection: The importance of a healthy delusion BONUS: How to select your auditions!

All singers have to handle rejection practically every day, but how do you avoid letting the rejection hurt so badly that it inhibits you from picking yourself back up to continue pursuing this wildly difficult career?

First of all, it’s important to have an amazing amount of self-belief or what’s called a “healthy delusion”. You must think you are amazing enough to perform glorious music composed by genius musicians for thousands of people!  Let’s face it, if YOU don’t think you’re awesome, no one else will!  Singers are like warriors, running into battle every day, when all the odds are completely against them (this metaphor may be disrespectful to warriors, a healthy delusion is important!). The truth is, every day we have to put ourselves out there, whether it’s in an audition, during an application for an audition, or in a rehearsal. Every day we are faced with the possibility of hearing the words “I’m sorry, you’re not good enough,” which faced without a healthy dose of “it doesn’t matter what you say, I’m amazing,” could be quite daunting.

Healthy Tip of the Week

Feeling low on energy? Skip the sugary coffee and try to incorporate these vegetables into your diet. Hate veggies? Try a green smoothie in the morning. We promise you wont taste the green. :)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fall into Audition Season with Style

Hello Sexi Soprano fans! Fall is just around the corner and we all know what that means... pumpkin pie, apple orchards, the falling of covered leaves, and apple crisp! While the fall does mean that, it also means the start of undergraduate/graduate APPLICATIONS. Before you engage in “freak out” mode, read this article to help a little with the process. As a fellow victim of the ceremonial process this year, I am here to tell you that everything will be okay.

 The most confusing application item is often the resume.  Don’t pull your hair out.  While the “perfect format” constantly changes, the example below is polished, eye-catching, and solid. The format has changed over the years but recently one has been deemed as “the chosen one” and you can find an example below!
Remember: Always tell the truth when you submit your resumé.  Companies check!

Limit your resume to one page.  Even though you have tons of awesome experience, employers want to read a nice clear and concise paper of the roles you have done, not a dictionary. To create a sense of unity, use the same header for each audition document, like your resume and repertoire list.
Keep your font lively yet professional. No chalkboard or curvy cursive fonts allowed ladies. Make sure your headshots look like the current you! If you recently chopped of twelve inches of your golden locks, it’s time to get a new headshot. Just remember we say this with love, soprano friends! Pretty please, with lots of beautiful notes on top, do not hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, or exciting new information. We love hearing from you and enjoy your responses. Until next time divas! 

"Like a rock we stand unmoving against the wind and the storm and are always strong in trust and in love."
-Fiordiligi, Cosi fan tutte

Auditioning? Need a cheap place to stay in NYC?

Check out Lauren Flanigan's Music and Mentoring House on West 121 St. in Manhattan!

Put your hotel money to good use (and pay less, yay!). This house offers comfortable dorm style rooms, 3 MEALS A DAY, wifi, Wii, TV, DVD washer/dryer, linens and a WEEKLY coaching.  Residents also have access to Ms. Flanigan's full music library, CD's, reference materials and piano. She aids residents in audition attire and purchasing of scores and research material.  Once a month, residents are brought to dinners with industry professionals and sometimes are given performance opportunities.  You get ALL of this for $50 a day.  
I would take this over the $150-$200 a night hotels and expensive restaurants ANY day. Think about the home cooked meals and all the saved money...
Email Ms. Flanigan at for more information.
Also, check out for other housing options.