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20 responses to “Lesson 1 – The Golden Rule of Opera Singing”

  1. Ishag Shafeeg says:

    Please do recommend me an online course on opera singing. I know it is almost impossible to be perfect in learning online. But living here in the Maldives, which is a tiny country with no access to teachers I am desperately in need for this advice online. Regards.

  2. frank v says:

    Hi Vic, ive studied more or less 7 yrs, with diferent techniques, teachers and so on, but even being from new york and having a place like the met around the corner so to speak i have never been able to overcome my number one problem which has frustrated any chance of an operatic career: how do i overcome and deal with stage fright???

    i now am living in Ecuador and see that chance far from happening even at my 41 yr of age, if you have any suggestions, i’m all ears.
    take care and thx for everything.

  3. Vic says:

    Hi Frank,

    It sounds like your stage fright has left you feeling pretty frustrated.

    First…A little understanding is needed.

    Imagine yourself 20,000 years ago, living a nomadic life in a tribe of about 100 people. You hunt animals, you gather nuts and fruit, and life is a simple struggle for survival.

    Here’s the important part: IF you do or say something in your tribe that makes them think you may jeopardize their chances of survival and procreation, you may be killed by the tribe…or ostracized from it, which is basically a death sentence in this situation because you’d have to fend for yourself in the wild.

    Even though NOW it’s 2013, our animal brains are still responding to the perceived threats of 20,000+ years ago. So your stage fright is not only natural, it means that you are an emotionally healthy man. So don’t fight it. Accept it. It’s perfectly normal.

    If you want to *get over* stage fright, there are 3 easy things you can do starting right now.

    1. Show up

    Woody Allen said 80% of success is just showing up. And Woody is the most nervous, neurotic dude you’ve ever seen…

    It’s the same thing in the world of dating. If you don’t show up in the land of women, introduce yourself and make your play for her, you will never get the girl. Yeah, you’re nervous, you don’t know what to say, but you’re THERE…at least you showed up, and you’ll be surprised at the resourcefulness you find inside you if you just stand on the earth with all the strength you have right now.

    2. Practice awareness

    The most common reaction when you’re faced with a stressful, anxiety-producing situation is to run away from the feeling, escape the situation and dull your awareness so you don’t have to face it in its full intensity.

    Do just the opposite…

    Make yourself TOTALLY aware of where you are, the eyes looking at you, the feeling in your stomach like you’re going to throw up, your legs wobbling underneath you…look this whole terrifying situation right in the eye.

    Your awareness is curative. Whatever you’re feeling, feel it totally, never run from it. There’s no way around – only THROUGH…

    Finally…

    3. Be well prepared

    The better you prepare and practice your music and the other aspects of your performance, the better you’ll do. Simple.

  4. Piyush says:

    I didn’t receive any confirmation mail for 2 lesson

  5. Rodriguez says:

    hi I’m from Nairobi, Kenya. first I didn’t receive a confirmation email. 2. I really want to learn how to sing opera music, but I can’t because it’s expensive and I am using a wheelchair. Apparently, a teacher told me I cnt but I know I can so I willing to learn if you Will teach me.

  6. Zach says:

    Hey Vic, I was wondering if I learned from here, would it be possible to learn to sing Pie Jesu? That’s probably my favorite song, and I’ve seen guys sing it.

    Thanks, in advance.

  7. Vic says:

    Hi Zach,

    Pie Jesu is a beautiful piece. 🙂

    The Sing Opera Now video lesson and ebook teach the fundamentals of operatic singing technique, not how to sing any particular song.

    That’s something that takes time and you’d have to work on, preferably with a competent voice instructor.

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  8. Mehdi Sufi says:

    hey
    firstly,thanks 4 yr help.
    I really love strengthening my voice could you give a hand in empowering my voice?I’d like to have a bass voice.
    Regards
    Mehdi Sufi

  9. Maddie says:

    Hi Vic,

    Can the techniques you teach be applied to general singing as well as opera?

    Thanks in advance,

    Maddie. 😀

  10. Ben says:

    Vic, thank you very much for the free lesson. After teaching for 20 years in NYC Public School System, I retired to follow my first and true passion. My problem is that I, am 57 years old and not sure if I could train my vocal chords to sing professionally. What are your thought about my problem of confidence. Thank You.

  11. gigi says:

    hi i just started taking singing lessons, and turns out I’m an opera singer, and i would like to know how to be able to sing better chest voice and head voice? and my throat always hurts how can i soothe it because it gets in the way of higher notes

  12. Georgia says:

    Hi, Vic! I’m 15 years old and my school is doing The Phantom of the Opera for the musical this year. I’m desperately trying to get my voice suited for the role of Christine, but it’s very difficult to reach the higher notes. My operatic voice is pretty good, but the notes escape me. Any advice or maybe a link that could help me out?

  13. hi am ivory and am 17 years old I speak with baritone voice and I want to know to sing operatic tenor voice and contenor plzzz

  14. chloe says:

    Hi Vic

    My name is Chloe and I am 10 years old. I love and sing opera the only problem is I have never had a lesson. Can you help me?

  15. chloe says:

    Hi Vic

    My name is Chloe and I am 10 years old. I love and sing opera the only problem is I have never had a lesson. Can you help me? I love your website. Is there a way that I could send you a video of me singing?

  16. chloe says:

    Another thing that you should know, I have major stage fright.

  17. faruk gazi says:

    My name is Chloe and I am 18 years old. I love and sing opera the only problem is I have never had a lesson. Can you help me? I love your website. Is there a way that I could send you a video of me singing?

    • Aurora says:

      Hello, im wondering if theres any way i could send you videos of my singing, i have a freight of jist being around people in general, even worse, being on stage by myself. Is there a skill that i could use besides looking my fear in the eye. Thank you for reading.

  18. Jibion says:

    I realy want to learn singing but the problem is never had a teacher and lesson

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