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.
Table of Contents
SECTION I : The Industry from 30,000 Feet
CHAPTER 1 : Opera Companies
CHAPTER 2 : Other Performing Arts Organizations
CHAPTER 3 : Management
SECTION II : How a Young Singer Prepares
CHAPTER 4 : Formal Training
CHAPTER 5 : Non-Academic Training Programs
CHAPTER 6 : Your Team
CHAPTER 7 : Research
SECTION III : 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
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.