I just read an article where I found my two worlds collide….Breaking Bad….the Opera? Seriously? ….I thought… Upon further reflection and the reality that anything and everything seems to be being made into a musical, it stands to reason that Breaking Bad and especially since one of the final episodes is entitled, Ozymandias, would be better-suited to opera. This is, of course, in reference to a well-known poem by Shelley. The story is similar in that it depicts a king in a desert, broken and his kingdom destroyed. Heisenberg’s hard-earned power and accomplishments also crumbled around him. Composer Sung Jin Hong is inviting input from the musical world and viewers of the show alike. Certainly the music for the series was carefully chosen and effective in enhancing the pace of the drama. Of course, the staging of this epic story presents other challenges and the music and the characters will have to be larger than life in order to garner an adequate response from the audience in this homage. With few details yet to be disclosed this household will wait with anticipation and a tad bit of skepticism….
Breaking Bad – Ozymandias will premiere as part of the One World Symphony’s Addiction concert series in New York in January 2014.
There are many benefits to singing alone and with others. Among these are emotional, physical and social. While it may be true that one does not have to be particularly good at it to reap many of the benefits, with proper training one can fully realize their true potential. The pleasure of improving, alone, would enhance the experience.
The mere fact the one must take the time to practice deep abdominal breathing presents immediate benefits. Read the following article to discover the specifics…it is fascinating! I consider myself very fortunate to spend much of my day teaching others how to breathe deeply as it allows me to do so too.
In addition, learning to sing presents the opportunity to address posture. As the body is the instrument and proper alignment is crucial, it is a must. As the singer develops, the muscles of the back and core strengthen to support the improved upright, yet free, posture. With improved posture comes a stronger, more confident presence and sense of well-being.
Of course, one cannot ignore the ability to speak more clearly (all that work on diction was not wasted!) and with increased presence. This can allow previously shy individuals to feel more confident in job interview situations or public speaking – students and professionals alike.
The therapeutic aspect of singing is not to be ignored. With the releasing of endorphins, it is believed to reduce anger, anxiety and depression too. It can be uplifting and energizing. In addition, one must address and develop their ability to express emotions and communicate the text with their whole being.
Try it out for yourself!
We have lost a formidable presence in the music world. Lofti Mansouri died in his home in San Francisco on Friday, August 30th of complications due to his pancreatic cancer. In Toronto, we are grateful for having had his influence at the Canadian Opera Company from 1976 to 1988. He is responsible for establishing the COC chorus, the COC Ensemble Studio program and, most notably, the use of surtitles; the latter adopted internationally as a means to reach a wider audience. This arrived from the belief that opera should not be elitist, but enjoyed by the masses. Although he went on to work for the San Francisco Opera Company for 13 years, in Canada his indelible influence will be felt and appreciated for years to come.
I just had to share this link that shows a voice teacher having her own moment to shine on stage with Kristen Chenoweth. It shows how good technique and experience fall into place even when an unplanned, un-“warmed up” *gasp* and nerve-inducing opportunity presented itself. Here’s proof that those who CAN, teach.
Article from The Blaze
I was doing some research last night and stumbled across this video. I’ve always admired Kristin Chenoweth so I gave it a view. The performer is singing impressionist Christina Bianco. She did an admirable job jumping from style to style. I thought it was worthy enough to post here.
Style is obviously a personal thing and it’s difficult to say what Christina’s own style would sound like, but certainly knowing the fundamentals is the key before attempting what Christina has in this video.
Here are a few photos from the Cantare Studio Spring Vocal Recital. Thank you to everyone who came and performed and demonstrated all their hard work and talent.
Our Spring Recital at the Estonia House was a big success. We had a wonderful turn out and enjoyed a beautiful evening of music. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend and congratulations on all your hard work.
Spring recital for Cantare Music – Estonia House June 9, 2013