Jennifer Rivera writes an eloquent defense of the artist and the arts in our communities. Brava, Ms. Rivera!
“Along the road that is a singer’s development, there are checkpoints at which a number of aspiring singers are filtered out of the race. Auditions for undergraduate and graduate schools are two big checkpoints, but the filtering really just comes when young singers are presented with a hurdle. By the time singers are working professionally, they have braved stage fright, foreign language skills, and the struggle for a consistent and workable vocal technique. It seems like the last of these hurdles is learning to “adapt to the business”, which means “read people’s minds”. And I think that’s sort of lame.”
This is a fantastic and thoughtful blog post from Schmopera about the frustrating realities about the audition process and the struggle to become your own artist. Definitely worth the read! Be sure to bookmark Schmopera, a vastly entertaining blog out of Canada (who doesn’t love Canadians, right?).
No one blinks when an experienced corporate manager earns a six-figure salary in this city. But an opera singer? We still romanticize the image of the starving artist. We like to think that talent will eventually fill dinner plates and checking accounts.
This is an interesting discussion about how we value the arts in our culture. There is a persistent notion that artists should somehow accept less than their training and work is worth. And it’s not just singing – this pervades all art forms. Thoughts?