Jerry Hadley was arguably America's greatest operatic tenor in the 20th century.
He gave a revolutionary interview that probably ticked a lot of people off. This is required listening, so click on that video right after you finish reading this.
He talks about getting history in your ear, and learning the style of the music from the greatest singers that have ever been recorded.
He talks about how opera singers are notoriously bad for not knowing the history of the human voice, and being overly concerned with placing your voice in a specific spot, worrying too much about technique, and worrying whether not you’re doing it.
So check out the video, and then do some research... stand on the shoulders of the giants before you. Learn from them. This applies to all music, pop, jazz, opera, musical theater, whatever.
It is up to the Singer to improve and conquer the world. My favorite quote from this interview is the following:
“The teacher is only as good as the receptacle to which he is giving that information.”
You do not need anyone’s permission to sing… so go out there and get learnin’!
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