Interview: An opera theater audition tour in Germany through the eyes of an American singer
American tenor Brett Sprague who recently won first prize of the Seattle Opera Guild Singer's Awards just came back from Germany where he sang for theater auditions. GVAI’s Director Christine conducted this interview with him. Learn and enjoy!
GVAI: Thank you Brett, for being willing to share your insights about your tour and your experiences with GVAI's young singers!
Brett: It is absolutely my pleasure to share what I learned on my audition tour; it is information I wish I had from someone who recently had the experience. I hope my insights, however limited, can help!
Christine's Masterclass "Sing in German"at the CS Music Convention in Boston 2018
If you were at the Classical Singer Convention in Boston, thank you for stopping by the GVAI table and for attending Christine’s masterclass, “Sing in German.” Christine came back incredibly impressed with the talent she heard at the convention. Congratulations to everyone for participating - it’s hard work to go to and sing at a music convention. All of your preparation and hard work did not go unnoticed!
Last year, we talked about how to prepare for your next competition/convention/conference (AKA your CCC!). If you missed it, read it here.
In the article, we talked about the four most essential steps to making your CCC a success. The steps were:
Following these four steps ensures that you are happy with your participation at your CCC, no matter what the outcome of it. You may not be able control the judges or recruiter’s opinions, but you do have complete control over your preparation.
If you have already gone to a CCC and you are considering going again, it is important to determine if it would be a good decision to attend a second time. To determine if it is the right choice, now is a great time to pull out your pros/cons list! Your list might include cost, time spent, connections made, opportunities presented. If you decide to go a second time, it’s important that you will take something away from the experience, just as you did the first time.
Now that you have decided to go to your CCC, this year, we’d like to add some steps to your preparation list! These further steps ensure that all of your practical items for your trip are ready.
Have you been successful with this year's summer program applications? Not really? Why not?
You invested time and efforts in new recordings, updated your CV, your headshot looks neat. So what is the problem?
Too much competition, you might think. And yes, this is oftentimes true.
Hmm. But there might be another missing puzzle.
Imagine you are a flight attendant on a flight from Seattle to Frankfurt, Germany and one of your passengers looks like this.
What comes to your mind?
Does she have a serious lung condition or a heart problem? Is it dangerous? Does she need special care on this long flight?
People's minds can play tricky games.
When I am flying wearing my HumidiFlyer face mask, I usually get looks full of concern. I tell the stewards not to worry, I am perfectly healthy and not on my way to a hospital, but to sing concerts on the other side of the Atlantic. Is it a disease to be a classical singer? I smile and I have to admit, it looks a bit scary.
But I am perfectly fine and more than grateful to use this special face mask in planes where vocal folds dry out easily.
It's all about great singing!
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Most blog posts from June 2017 - June 2018 were written by GVAI's blogger Anikka Abbott who has just started her journalism studies. We already miss her. Learn more about her here or connect with her on Facebook.
Hello, I am Christine, the director of GVAI, a passionate singer, German diction, voice and performance coach. I love music, singing and dancing. Life is an exciting journey and I invite you to walk with me....