Michael Mayer


opera singer, vocal training, David Bjorling


The process of training to be a singer, especially an opera singer, is not very well understood by the general public. It is really a combination of learning to play music, as for other instruments, and training the body like a athlete to be the instrument. The musical part is pretty obvious. The singer is going to be expected to perform music at the highest level. The athletic part is less obvious: less obvious because if done well it is not noticeable to the audience. The reason it is necessary to develop the physical coordination of the body to such a degree is because of the very nature of the act of singing. The body is the musical instrument. Compared to every other instrument the singer is unique in that he or she is responsible for not only playing their instrument, but also building it.

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