Friday, December 27, 2013

10 Sexi Sopranos of the Past

Hey there, sexi sopranos. It’s christmas month, the one time of the year it is acceptable to stuff our faces with goodies like pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes with your mamas homemade gravy. But the fun doesn’t stop there — to add even more oodles of fun we get to watch football!

Ok, so maybe not all of us are looking forward to four hours of parking it on a couch. You’re thinking, “What can I do?” Well I’m so glad you asked that question, because you can take that time to read or youtube any of these ten sexy sopranos from the past. They were some fierce divas in their time, but now they have been nearly forgotten. It’s time for them to make another appearance in the spotlight, so let’s start off the countdown:

Talk about a soprano with some Spanish pizzazz — Monserrat Caballe is a Spanish soprano and is known mostly for her portrayal of bel canto roles. If you have never heard her “Poveri fiori” from Adriana Lecouvreur, head over to Youtube and prepare to have your heart melted.

Her international breakthrough came in 1965 as a substitute for
Horne at Carnegie Hall
, where the crowd went wild over her fabulous singing. She went on to perform all around the world, and as time went on and her voice changed, she took on harder repertoire. Her portrayal of Mimi in 1988 marked the final show in her singing career.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Your Body is Your Instrument

Unlike all other musicians, singers have something incredibly special that sets us apart. We do not have to carry any heavy instruments to our rehearsals or rely on the quality of craftsmanship for a performance. Our body — the only one we get in this lifetime, and the one that houses the initial talent we were given from the start to strengthen and beautify — is our instrument. Only if everything is running on all cylinders and functioning at its best and healthiest capacity can we even hope to give our greatest performance. This is why it is so important that we, as singers, take care of our instruments and keep them in tip top shape.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Home Remedies

You’ve braved treacherous winter weather through the fall audition season. You’ve climbed the Thanksgiving food mountain. You’ve battled maniacal sale shoppers in search of the best holiday gifts. Now you’re ready to take on a new year! With all of the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s easy for your immune system to get worn down (not to mention the lack of sleep!). Don’t let illness or winter blues put a damper on your 2014 plans!

This warm, comforting tea

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Becoming an Artist

Becoming an “artist” can be challenging for a singer. Like the transition from a young artist or student to a professional, we can all continue to grow and learn over the course of our lives if we remain open. This is not a hindrance in becoming an artist, it gives the ability to show greater depth in artistry.
How do you take all the different information from the coaches, teachers, conductors and directors and weed the good from the bad? Sometimes there is no “wrong” choice, but which one is right for you? We rely on coaches, teachers, conductors, other singers and tradition to tell us how to perform a piece, but at some point you have to start thinking for yourself and make your own decisions.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Skin Care on a Professional Singer’s Budget

Taking care of our bodies is one of the most important aspects of being a professional singer. We have to wear heavy costumes, wigs, and thick stage make-up while we run around on stage — all the while singing for durations that sometimes exceed 3 hours. Not to mention all the exhausting hours of staging and rehearsal to get the show up and running!

Not only do you need to be in great vocal and physical shape, you need to feel great to be successful in the business. If you are stressed, over-tired, or not getting enough vitamins and minerals, it can show in your skin. Your skin works hard to protect you — protect it! 
As a professional singer, it can be hard to give your skin all the care and attention it deserves. Traveling to and from different parts of the country or overseas can affect our complexion. Eating certain foods with high fat content can cause breakouts, leading to even more stress. This can also be frustrating, because as singers, our expenses sometimes exceed our income. We tend to buy what is cheap and affordable and not think about how it might affect our skin.
Here are a few helpful things to maintain a healthy complexion and to provide maximum skin care on a budget: