ask jenny > What does it take to be an opera singer?

How did you become an opera singer? And what did it take?

September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErika

Erika - Well this is a pretty general question but I will try to hone in on a few points. I became an opera singer because I started taking voice lessons pretty young and just got interested in developing my voice. I kind of fell into it, and liked being able to use my voice to its full potential. I didn't really know what it would be like to have a career, but I always loved singing.

As far as what it "takes" - in addition to the obvious talent and musical abilities, it helps if you have a good sense of drama and a stage presence, and if you have an ear for languages. It also takes a lot of determination because it's a very competitive field. You have to be a relatively strong person to be able to be on the road all the time, away from your friends and family, and with no daily routine you can count on. You have to be willing to take really good care of yourself physically so you don't get sick too often. And I think the most important thing is that you have to like doing it so much that you are willing to sacrifice a lot of things; money, stability, consistency - for the life of an artist.

Marilyn Horne once said to a group of us young signers; "If you can imagine doing anything - ANYTHING - else - DO IT" Because it's not for sissies, that's for sure!!

Good luck to you if you are wanting to make a go of it!

November 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I’m only 17 years old; I started taking voice lessons at 13 years old. I’m also taking piano and music theory because I know I don’t want to be ignorant about reading music. I know that’s very important. When I go to college I’m going to take some languages; it’s great because my whole family is from European. But thanks for your answer!

November 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErika