10 Things About Having an Opera Career That You Don't Learn in School

July 16, 2014 2:22 PM

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So you have a bachelors and a masters degree in... opera singing. Congratulations! According to about 85% of the population, you may as well have an advanced degree in underwater basket weaving. Now that you've done your upteenth young artist training program, it's time to venture out into the big bad world of classical singing. As someone who has been working in this industry for the past 15 years, I wanted to share with all of you some of the tidbits I wished someone had told me when I was starting out. Brace yourselves - it's not all pretty.

1. You've chosen a life that can be REALLY LONELY. Yes, it can also be really fun, and the people in this business, for the most part, are exceptionally interesting and wonderful. However, you will spend a lot of hours by yourself in a strange place, not knowing anyone, contemplating whether you wan...

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