This article is from a series about operatic voice types.  If you haven't read the other articles, you might want to start at here first.

This week is all about sopranos, and yesterday we talked about three different types (fach): Soubrette, Lyric Coloratura, and Lyric Soprano.  Today we will explore the other soprano fachs: Dramatic Coloratura, Spinto Soprano, Dramatic Soprano, and Wagnerian Soprano.  

Dramatic Coloratura

Dramatic Coloraturas usually have a voice that is similar to a lyri...

It seems like there are a lot of references to operatic sopranos in popular culture, such as the lady with the horns and the braids, but not many people know how diverse soprano voice types can be.  Did you know the lady with the horns and the braids refers to a specific soprano character in some of Wagner's operas, and that a vast majority of sopranos will never sing that role because their voice is not the right type? 

In last week's Artist Journal we focused on operatic voice types and ho...

Who knew casting could be so difficult!?  Well, we did, but this year we had even more fantastic singers audition for us than usual, so it has been tough.  Singers who auditioned for us, you will hear soon about casting; thanks for your patience!

Many of our audience members might not have understood the meme we posted after auditions a couple weeks ago.  

The joke is: there are way more sopranos than any other voice type.  The “By Voice Alone” competition in London figured out that in 2019, 6...

On August 18th, New Moon Opera is holding the 2019-20 season auditions.  We are excited to hear everyone!  For those who are reading this and are not singers, one thing you should know is that most auditions specify what type of music the company would like to hear the auditionees sing at the audition.  One of NMO's repertoire requirements for our upcoming auditions is a "party" song or aria, and after a few emails regarding what a party song is, I decided I would share a few of my favorites....

July 25, 2019

Philosophy and purpose of “Imogen” 

(SPOILERS for a 400 year old play)

I don’t remember the first time I thought “I want to write an opera.” As a composer who loves writing for the voice and a classical singer myself, it’s been an idea percolating in the back of my mind for decades. I remember being dissatisfied with so many traditional opera plots where the females are helpless or mad or the subject of violence. I contrasted those misogynistic stories with stories I’d like to tell with my music,...

Last week we announced the New Moon Opera 2019-2020 Season, and it is an exciting one!  This season we have the opportunity to work with a living composer on their new opera based on Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline.”  We decided to pair that workshop performance with another ensemble show, L’enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells) by Maurice Ravel for our spring full production.  One amazing thing about both of these works is that they feature a large number of roles for soprano a...

At the close of our 2018-19 season, New Moon Opera performed a double bill production of Donizetti’s Il campanello and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. It was our most successful production yet, and we were excited and grateful to see so many new faces in the audience. In fact, for several of our friends and family members it was their first time attending a classical music performance. That being the case, many of them asked similar questions: “What do I wear?” “Do I need to rent a tux?” “Should I get...