New visions needed

In the wake of the devastating news last week from San Diego Opera, and the even more recent warnings from the storied Vienna State Opera and San Francisco Opera, much discussion and pondering has been taking place about the current state of the art form and its chance for survival.  SDO’s surprise “solution” to projected financial … Read more

TED Tuesday: Copyright and artmaking in the modern world

Do you know TED? Our once-in-a-Tuesday series features selected videos from, where thousands of “TED Talks” cover divergent topics in technology, education, art, design, music and more, and are having a profound impact on thought leaders and artists all over the world. Learn more by reading the introduction to our first post in the … Read more

Music, struggle…and substance

So today, we’re gonna get deep — well, sorta. Making music is hard, and no matter how much passion you have, you often need to work with other people.  That’s why we’re here, of course — to build connections. However, when one of our administrators found the following on Craigslist today, it seemed to serve … Read more

Copeland’s eclectic energy gives Poe new voice

Stewart Copeland‘s gregarious personality is only outgunned by the obvious joy he expresses for his work.  The composer and veteran performer (most often known for his years as the drumming third of The Police) will see his chamber opera, Tell-Tale Heart, get its U.S. premiere with four Long Beach Opera performances May 11-19, as half … Read more

The NCINA: The presenter’s holy grail?

Presenting and promoting classical music events comes with its own challenges, as we at the List will experience in living color when we launch our unSUNg series next summer.  Greg Sandow, one of our favorite bloggers, has landed in the same philosophical vein that we’re embracing, but says it so much better:  he believes that … Read more

Here we go again

She’s 12.  She’s famous.  She’s also way too sexy for the cover on her latest CD (received with gratitude by our editor as a holiday gift from one of our concertgoers).  Jackie Evancho is the center of both mania and controversy, and she’s another sign that the future of music (sales) is in hype, hype, … Read more

Re-energizing your own career path

[Editor’s note:  During a recent conversation with amazing soprano Karen Hogle Brown (pictured right), we learned that Karen spent a good chunk of her summer this year attending OperaWorks‘ summer intensive program.  As Karen is fully established and in demand, we asked her to write about the importance of continuing education throughout a career.  Here … Read more

LA’s best voices show their brassy stuff

Hollywood is home to a vocal project that is drawing drawing bona fide excitement from fans and performers alike:  Singers Elite‘s Vocal Big Band” has deconstructed the classic sound of a 40s-style jazz engine, replacing the horns and strings with… singers!  The sound is surprising, even magnetic, and is creating a buzz across the industry. … Read more

Surprising pages: Three non-singing books singers should read

Of course, not everyone likes to read.  But if you want to succeed, your bookstore, your library or even your friends can be the first step to learning the crucial skills to keep your momentum going.  Think beyond the usual biographies and rep references, and pick something up that can teach you about your career.  … Read more

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