What is an "Operapreneur?"
In the Golden Age of opera, divas and divos reigned supreme. Pampered by a plethora of praising patrons, these majestic, now-extinct beasts reached a star status of such mythical proportions that many of their weaknesses in diction and musicality were overlooked. However, in the fast-paced, evolving realm of 21st century operatic performance, a successful singer is much like Figaro in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia: she is a jack of all trades, with a toolbox of goodies gained only through practice and research. She is a lean, mean, singin’ machine and must hone her skills to the point of razor-sharpness.
I define this intuitive, multi-faceted, and, at times, indefinable trait as operapreneurship.
As a modern opera singer, my role in society is protean. We are teachers and businesspeople, artists and academics, polyglots and actors. In our quest to accurately portray the heightened emotional state upon which the art form builds its backbone, understanding the human element is critical. On this page, please feel free to explore the peripheral projects that I mount throughout my study of the myriad things that make people tick. While my interests are numerous, my primary intent is to set the stage for a professional performance career and to optimize my potential opportunities so that I may create avenues for success; I am excited to share what I have learned in the hopes that my work both on and off that stage can help others, too.