Lessons From Opera Camp | Karl Romain

July 25, 2014 1:20 AM

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Lessons From Opera Camp | Karl Romain

I just spent an inspiring two weeks in Härnösand, Sweden teaching Tai Chi to a group of opera singers at the Summer Opera Academy at Härnösand Folkhögskola. The program combined daily classes in vocal techniques and musical coaching with physical fitness and mental focus. And that's where tai chi comes in.

The art of tai chi and the art of singing share many things -- discipline, regular practice, and an emphasis on the breath. But, what may surprise you, as it did me, is that the breath, as a vehicle for directing energy to the singer's stage presence, was paramount in the success of any stage produc...

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