We don’t see the years of hard work behind their talent; the intense singing exercises, how much care they have to give their precious voice and the slow, gradual development of their instrument.
We just enjoy the uplifting music and their amazing voices.
Wouldn’t it be great to give esteem directly to these artists to show that their efforts are precious?
Most of us don’t have the opportunity to meet an opera singer personally to give them our esteem, but we can give esteem toward opera singers just by enjoying going to opera or buying their CDs.
While we listen to opera we acknowledge consciously the persons creating this great musical art.
The Inner Voice: The Making of a Singer
- Author: Renee Fleming
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (September 27, 2005)
- Paperback, also available as Hardcover and ebook
- 240 pages
The star of the Metropolitan Opera’s recent revival of Dvorak’s Rusalka, soprano Renée Fleming brings a consummately beautiful voice, striking interpretive talents, and compelling artistry to bear on performances that have captivated audiences in opera houses and recital halls throughout the world. In The Inner Voice—a book that is the story of her own artistic development and the “autobiography” of her voice—this great performer presents a unique and privileged look at the making of a singer and offers hard-won, practical advice to aspiring performance artists everywhere. From her youth as the child of two singing teachers through her years at Juilliard, from her struggles to establish her career to her international success, The Inner Voice is a luminous, articulate, and candid self-portrait of a contemporary artist—and the most revelatory examination yet of the performing life.
As a lyric soprano and aspiring opera singer myself, I have continually found this book inspiring and encouraging. Ms. Fleming candidly looks at the world of an opera singer from many angles. She relates how she came to music, from her childhood as a daughter of musical parents, and charts how hard she had to work to get to the rarified world of the opera star she is today. Her written voice is real and she gives great snippets of advice throughout the book. I find myself repeatedly going back to this book to learn, to laugh, and to be inspired to work hard to try and achieve my dreams.
It is the simplicity of this book that draws me. Not consisting of complicated or flowery language, but written briefly and in an easily read language, Fleming bares enough of her soul to inspire the aspiring singer, but avoids the trap of tabloid details.
Inspirational and so informative, written in such a personal and engaging style, I recommend this read for any one who loves to sing.