Editorials

When opera companies protect abusers

When opera companies protect abusers

It is irresponsible and dangerous to assume that a criminal's colleagues are unaware or indifferent to such serious offenses. This attitude needs to be addressed. An entire art form is at stake.

Anonymous
'Tis the season for Schwag!

'Tis the season for Schwag!

We've got tees, hoodies, and our adorable little Schmug, all designed with care by the folks here at Schmopera. Get a laugh and help support our ad-free, opera-savvy content this holiday season. Happy shopping!

Jenna Simeonov
Happy birthday to us: Schmopera is four!

Happy birthday to us: Schmopera is four!

We're proud to call ourselves an artist-run publication, set on demystifying opera without dumbing it down. In this past year, we've expanded our opera coverage to cities across North America and Europe - our new contributors are an amazing, dedicated group of loquacious artists who keep our mission afloat.

Jenna Simeonov
How your voice type determines your on-the-job social life

How your voice type determines your on-the-job social life

It's something to ponder: have the great composers of history inadvertently laid out a predetermined social life for generations of operatic artists? Have they added to the stereotype of rival divas by keeping them isolated to their own operas? Have they given credulity to the inevitable cross-disciplinary romances between soprano and baritone, between répétiteur and tenor?

Jenna Simeonov
What do singers want in a pianist?

What do singers want in a pianist?

Pianists who work with singers tend to pride themselves on being an anticipator of needs. A great pianist seems to know before the singer does if they need an emergency breath, could use some extra hang-time on a high note, or wants a friendly push in tempo. Yet just as married-for-decades couples can still manage to surprise each other, even the best of pianist-singer relationships aren't perfectly telepathic.

Jenna Simeonov
Reason #947 we don't envy singers: singing on camera

Reason #947 we don't envy singers: singing on camera

"Mouth agape, molars in full view, eyebrows at the crown of the head, perhaps some bulging veins - they're all the product of singing one's face off. It's not always pretty, and the camera seems cruelly deft at showing you the sordid details."

Jenna Simeonov
Opera meanies: the August edition

Opera meanies: the August edition

"Nadine Sierra misses out on London debut", reads Lebrecht's headline. He goes on: "The US soprano was due to open the Covent Garden season in Richard Jones's new production of La Bohème, but she has cried off. Her replacements are, if anything, more interesting."

Jenna Simeonov
Aria guides: "Lieben, Hassen"

Aria guides: "Lieben, Hassen"

This aria is dense and charming, and though it seems harmless, features more than a few surprising challenges. With the work you do in the practice room and with your teachers and coaches, our latest Aria Guide can help you navigate your way through this adorable little ditty.

Jenna Simeonov
Singers: it's time to expand your dating pool

Singers: it's time to expand your dating pool

Having a partner who isn't a musician will also be a great way of making sure you don't lose your friends in the process of gaining a romantic relationship; you'll always need to have those cathartic, industry-specific conversations with people who get your shorthand, and it's a beautiful thing to have a few things that remain specially reserved for you and your singer friends.

Jenna Simeonov
Music degrees & expectations: 4 tips for new students

Music degrees & expectations: 4 tips for new students

Remember that being able to call yourself a Curtis student or a Juilliard student or say you attend the Conservatoire is a statement about status, and no indicator of your musicianship. So, be fair to your chosen school and what it can offer; more importantly, be honest with yourself about your academic goals.

Jenna Simeonov

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