Often times, Opera is seen as one of the most hardest style of singing, this is done with some cogent reasons. Apart from been vested with music rudiments, an opera singer must be able to master his or her body in order to be able to produce such high pitched sounds that is required by an Opera singer to sing over a full orchestra.
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I know you must have been to a concert where a singer sang with an orchestra and you were trilled at the voice you heard. You should try being an Opera singer yourself.
If you check around, you may perhaps discover that beginner-friendly music blogs are not much and to that end, this article has been compiled to aid you in your quest to being an Opera singer. It is not going to be a bed of roses, but then, if you follow the instructions religiously, the results will be massive.
We will talk about Six Key Factors to Learning and Mastering how to Sing and Master Opera
These six keys that we are about to discuss will not only aid your singing, but will catapult you from being a beginner to more advanced level of Opera singing.
1. Firstly, Learn your Rudiments
Perhaps you have been singing alongside your favorite singer or even singing in the shower. This is not enough, rudiments (fundamentals)must be learnt first. This is because, Opera is a challenging and more complex style of singing and it is better done when the foundations of music is learnt.
Your focus should also be on how to sing high notes with precision. Your voice is a part of your body and when the body breaks down the voice malfunctions. Learn how to take care of your body. Make sure you don’t strain your voice while aiming for the high notes because it may damage the vocal cords.
Generating too much power to your voice when singing can also be a deterrent to the voice. This means the right and proper way of singing must be learned first.
Learning the right and proper way to sing will also help you to avoid tension, straining, and damaging your vocal cords and folds.
Make sure you sign up for a singing class either around your neighborhood or online (If you want us to teach you then sign up with us and we will teach you online) before delving into singing Opera.
2. Be Immersed in Opera
While trying to get conversant with the fundamentals of Opera singing, you still need to learn about Opera even when you are not singing yet. Get operatic concert videos and watch how the singers sings and the gestures they make while singing. Take cognizance of everything, starting from the melody to the harmony.
Also identify the Opera singers whose singing styles you love and would love to emulate.
Note that having your own style of singing is key but then, you need to start by trying to sing like someone in Opera Singing.
3. Search for the Right Tutor (Teacher)
After you might have gotten familiar with the rudiments of singing including singing high pitched notes with precision, the next step is to start developing operatic skills.
Quote me, ‘learning opera by yourself is near impossibility’ so it is advisable you hire a teacher, (either online or offline) who you know is capable of guiding you through your Opera singing journey.
There are a lot of factors that will influence your choice of teacher. Those choices will cut across your seriousness of singing Opera, your current singing skill and if you’re singing Opera as an hobby, part-time or career. There are tons of Opera tutors that will help you sing opera in your spare time or whenever you want to but you’ll have to pay a token.
A very important part is if you want to go into Opera singing as a career. You need to be more meticulous while choosing a teacher. Look for a teacher that is vested with the nitty-gritty of Opera singing, a teacher that has conducted tons of workshops and masterclasses on Opera Singing. Be selective because it is more difficult to unlearn than to learn.
4. Prioritize on Classical Language and Techniques
Opera Singing is often done in French, German and Italian accents and note, that having an American accent while singing Opera is not acceptable. This is not in anyway undermining the great American accent but for aesthetic purposes.
It will be an added advantage, if you can learn this languages and by so doing, you’ll get to understand the art form and their pronunciations.
You need to also Learn how to play at least one instrument. This will help broaden your conception of operatic singing and music in general. You are also expected to learn the staff notation because as an opera singer, you are expected to sing sheet music, and giving the excuse of not being able to sing with the staff notation is not good for your career.
This will take you much time but if you don’t have as much of time as possible, learn diction and listen to classical music.
5. Learn the Best from the Best Teacher
Opera singing is vast and people seem to neglect some aspects of it. This is one of the reasons your choice of teacher should be the best. When I say the best, I’m referring to those teachers who pay attention to timbre (voice quality). You should have noticed from the performances you hitherto watched, that the singers were not straining themselves to sing but sang without stress, they sang with little effort.
This is because they pay so much attention to their voice and do not involve themselves in roles that their voice range cannot carry.
Emulate this attribute and you’ll discover your role and voice range in the course of your singing career.
6. Take Good Care of Your Body
Instrumentalists can afford to put away their instruments at the end of practice and not be affected, but you can’t because it lives in you. Due to this fact, it becomes mandatory for you to take care of your body by doing regular exercises, good eating plan and avoiding some food that could mar your voice. Professionals, take this training very seriously. They avoid coffee, smoking and other foods that can create mucus in excess, acid reflux etc. And you should follow suit.
7. Be Consistent in Your Practice
Opera is one of the many aspects of music that demands time and much practice. There are so many skills and techniques that is required in singing Opera, and you cannot do this by doing your practice seldomly.
Also note that practicing is not synonymous to opera alone, but to all aspects of music. This is because singing needs stamina, and much strength to be able to sing well.
If you are really serious about going far in music, then you need to, as a matter of fact, engage in your practice everyday.
Don’t just start practicing, set a goal in every practice session.
For maximum utilization of your voice, start every practice session with warming up your voice.
Your teacher will be able to assign task for you to do at home. Endeavor to read books and add extra knowledge and skills to yourself.
Your body is important if you want to sing well, so you need to observe and study yourself while singing, to know when you feel fatigued or strain on your throat and stop.
Lastly, never stop practicing. Consistency is key to singing and remember that if you drop practicing singing for a while, singing will not only drop you for a while, but forever if you don’t go back to practicing.