Blog: Thoughts and Tips From Your Opera Coach

  • French Lyric Diction: Liaison and the Singular Noun
    After an extremely busy end of season, I thought it would be a nice idea to do a little diction post on this platform about one of my favorite subjects: Liaison
  • Looks are deceiving: Special French Words
    After years of coaching French repertoire, I have come across some difficult words which people struggle to pronounce, unless you know how to say them. There is no way to figure them out unless you are a native speaker. Pronouncing these words cannot be solved with diction rules or IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). Let’s look at three of these particular words and some contexts where you can find them.
  • Catching up with Nina van Essen
    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a soloist in an ensemble of a German Opera house? I recently caught up with mezzo-soprano Nina van Essen who has been at Staatsoper Hannover since 2019, and she was happy to share some wisdom that she has picked up so far along the way.
  • Singing in French: Linking Words
    How do you achieve this if you are not singing in Italian? More specifically, how do you accomplish this while singing in French? Without diving into the numerous French liaison rules, here is a quick explanation of three different ways you can link words in your French singing.
  • Collaborative Pianists How To Treat Them and What To Expect From Them.
    Being a collaborative artist is very rewarding. It is like a calling for most of us, and we would never want it any other way! As a singer, you will always need a collaborative pianist. Hopefully these tips will help you in building this important relationship.

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