1st Edition

Building a Career in Opera from School to Stage: Operapreneurship CMS Emerging Fields in Music

By James Harrington Copyright 2020
    168 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    168 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Building a Career in Opera from School to Stage: Operapreneurship provides early-career singers with an overview of the structure of the opera industry and tools for strategically approaching a career within it. Today's voice students leave the conservatory with better training than ever, but often face challenges to managing their own careers after graduation. This book addresses what singers need to know in order to craft a career path in the contemporary landscape of opera.

    Readers learn about the opera industry's structure, common pathways and entry points, non-academic training programs, researching and evaluating opportunities, crafting professional documents and media, and what it means to be a professional opera singer. Written by a singer with recent experience in the industry—and particularly the emerging phase—this book is a practical guide for all singers embarking on a career in opera.

    The author's website, www.OperaCareers.com, hosts additional resources including databases of training programs, guides and templates for creating professional documents, as well as articles addressing current industry issues and interviews with subject matter experts.

    Series Editor's Introduction

    List of Figures

    List of Tables



    PART I : The Industry from 30,000 Feet

    CHAPTER 1 : Opera Companies

    CHAPTER 2 : Other Performing Arts Organizations

    CHAPTER 3 : Management

    PART II : How a Young Singer Prepares

    CHAPTER 4 : Formal Training

    CHAPTER 5 : Non-Academic Training Programs: PTSs, YAPs, and RAPs

    CHAPTER 6 : Your Team

    CHAPTER 7 : Research

    PART III : The Nuts and Bolts of Booking Work

    CHAPTER 8 : Professional Documents

    CHAPTER 9 : Cultivating Your Online Presence

    CHAPTER 10 : You, Inc. (Building Your Business)

    CHAPTER 11: Auditions, Rep Books, and Pianists

    CHAPTER 12 : Beyond #bookedandblessed: Working in an Opera House

    EPILOGUE: The Best of All Possible Careers




    James Harrington is a professional operatic bass and Paul J. Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Fellow at the Mead Witter School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he worked for several years in the music industry before deciding to train as an opera singer. He holds the Master of Music in voice performance from Florida State University and is pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts in voice at the University of Wisconsin. As a singer, he has appeared with the Santa Fe Opera, Portland Opera, Nashville Opera, Teatro Nuovo, Sarasota Opera, and Opera Idaho, among others.