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This is a very informative article written by Stefan Zucker, a great Opera critic who has written many books and articles about the great singers. This one about Magda Olivero, a fantastic performer.

For any one who wants to study voice as in singing, read this and you will understand about the wayI teach.
Her voice takes getting used to but it is incredible. Her interpretations are awesome. Look her up on you tube..

I teach a classical foundation but will not tell any student they have to be an Opera singer. The foundation I give can take you into kind of singing you so desire

 

Here is part of the article
Olivero, too, had her doubts. "I've already changed teachers three times, and I'd have to convince my father." Her father had come to feel her voice lessons were futile and wanted her to study piano at the conservatory. He relented, however, and Gerussi took her on. He was so severe a taskmaster that he made her cry. "This is the last time you are going to say 'I can't,'" he screamed. "Those words must not exist. If necessary, I'll see you dead to get what I want! Die afterward if you wish, but first you must do what I want." Above all, they worked on breath support. This is a very informative article written by Stefan Zucker, a great Opera critic who has written many books and articles about the great singers. This one about Magda Olivero, a fantastic performer. For any one who wants to study voice as in singing, read this and you will understand about the wayI teach. Her voice takes getting used to but it is incredible. Her interpretations are awesome. Look her up on you tube.. I teach a classical foundation but will not tell any student they have to be an Opera singer. The foundation I give can take you into kind of singing you so desire Here is part of the article Olivero, too, had her doubts. "I've already changed teachers three times, and I'd have to convince my father." Her father had come to feel her voice lessons were futile and wanted her to study piano at the conservatory. He relented, however, and Gerussi took her on. He was so severe a taskmaster that he made her cry. "This is the last time you are going to say 'I can't,'" he screamed. "Those words must not exist. If necessary, I'll see you dead to get what I want! Die afterward if you wish, but first you must do what I want." Above all, they worked on breath support.

 

So you see, every one has trouble finding the right teacher.  If you are going to have more then three voice teacher you have hit a danger zone.  To much information and that can become extremely confusing.

 

Hope that all the things I write will help someone on here, who ever you decide to study with I do wish for all of you the very very,

James Van der Post

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