A Second Debut - How Transgender Baritone Lucas Bouk Made a New Beginning With a New Voice

“As more people transition, the [opera] industry is going to realize that transgender singers are just like any other singers. I was transphobic in my own beliefs and thought; ‘The voice will be less. It won’t be operatic in quality.’ There are some risks, of course, but I have the same lyric baritone range as a lyric baritone, and the problems I have are all baritone problems in terms of fine tuning the voice.”

Behind the Scenes: How Opera Companies Rehearse and What You Should Expect

The weeks leading up to an opera's opening night are filled with activity, but that activity varies depending on whether it is a repertory production, new production, or world premiere. In each case, the opera company allots a certain number of weeks for the production to come together in rehearsal rooms and on stage, so singers should know what to expect when they arrive at the theater.

Let's Review Those Reviews: Getting the Critics' Perspectives

They sit in the audience to evaluate your performance and then write, their articles later appearing online, in newspapers, or in Opera News. On the surface, their opinions seem to have the power to make or break your singing career or, at the very least, to influence the next person who could hire you...But should singers be nervous about critics and their reviews, or are critics performing a valuable service?
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