May 7, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 168 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367421519 - CAT# 329405
Series: CMS Emerging Fields in Music
Building a Career in Opera from School to Stage: Operapreneurship educates early-career singers about the opera industry and how to pursue a career in it strategically. Today's voice students leave the conservatory with better training than ever, but they still face challenges of managing their own careers after graduation. This book addresses what singers need to know to craft a career path in the contemporary landscape of opera.
Readers learn about the opera industry's structure, common pathways and entry points, how to research and evaluate opportunities, post-graduation training programs, crafting professional documents and media, and what it means to be a professional opera singer. Written by a singer with recent experience of the process and industry, 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, and printable forms as well as 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