Day 11: Beat it

When I get hold of a new piece of repertoire, a new operatic aria, I start learning it by breaking it down into its constituent parts. I work on each element - context, language/translation, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, the composer's intentions - in isolation. In today's vlog, I explain how I go about locking down the …

Feeling thoughtful

Today's the second Friday since starting the #sfh blog. Last week I wrapped up with a Facebook live so wanted to do the same but was really struggling to think of a topic. Every other day, a subject has come naturally but today it felt forced and manufactured. When I was studying at the Associated …

Day 7: Ping-a-ling

I'm honoured that people are reading/watching the #sfh blog/vlog and grateful for all the feedback and questions. Today, I'm attempting to shed some light on how opera singers sing so loud. It's not just a question of sheer volume - opera singers are not miked or amplified so it's about producing the right tone and …