151 pages | 2 B/W Illus.
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.
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
The CMS Emerging Fields in Music series consists of concise monographs that help the profession reimagine how we must prepare twenty-first century musicians. Shifting cultural landscapes, emerging technologies, and a changing profession in and out of the academy demand that we reexamine our relationships with audiences, leverage our art to strengthen the communities in which we live and work, equip our students to think and act as artist-entrepreneurs, explore the limitless (and sometimes limiting) role technology plays in the life of a musician, revisit our very assumptions about what artistic excellence means and how personal creativity must be repositioned at the center of this definition, and share best practices and our own stories of successes and failures when leading institutional change.
These short-form books can be either single-authored works, or contributed volumes comprised of three or four essays on related topics. The books should prove useful for emerging musicians inventing the future they hope to inhabit, faculty rethinking the courses they teach and how they teach them, and administrators guiding curricular innovation and rebranding institutional identity.
Series Editor: Mark Rabideau, DePauw University, USA
Managing Editor: Zoua Sylvia Yang, DePauw University, USA
Elisa Fraser Wilson, University of Texas - El Paso, USA
David Stringham, James Madison University, USA
Reed Spencer, Taylor University, USA
Jessica Usherwood, DePauw University, USA