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Here is what Respiro Opera participants have to say...

“I feel like what I learned at Respiro filled in the gaps I had in my understanding of my instrument. Nobody ever really talked to me about how to support and breathing before. Getting in touch with my body is something that’s been really hard for me, and Respiro helped me do that. I’m excited to continue working on what I have begin to discover. Thanks so much for the amazing experience!”
— Guinevere M, 2015 & 2016 Participant
“The pacing was great! I felt that adequate time was given to each step of preparation of the pieces before moving on to musicality, expression, blocking, etc. I really liked the intensive coaching schedule. It allowed me to make a lot of progress and receive a lot of great feedback in a short period of time. Starting with the ice breakers was a brilliant decision. It loosened us up and created a non-judgmental atmosphere that would characterize the rest of the program, distinguishing Respiro from other opera scenes programs I’ve done.”
— 2015 Respiro Opera Participant
“The one thing I love most about Respiro is the size of the group. To be able to work for 90 minute sessions with some of NY’s most knowledgeable music insiders is not an experience most YAPs and summer programs can offer. Getting to know all of our mentors on a more personal level was a big plus. We learned so much from each other and were able to get to know each other well. I really enjoyed singing for Ken Benson, he was thorough and kind and helped us all out.”
— 2016 Participant

”Free the breath and the body and the voice!!! Any old program can give you a “role on a resume” but it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in a program that’s sole objective is improving your instrument.”
— Lauren Maxwell, 2017 Participant
 Lauren Maxwell and Liang Zhao, 2017 Respiro Performance

Lauren Maxwell and Liang Zhao,
2017 Respiro Performance

“The strengths of the program were small class size with lovely colleagues, lack of competitiveness, and appropriate repertoire selections without comparing between singers. What impacted me most was in listening to my body, breath and grounding myself.
I wish Respiro could be a month long!”
— 2016 Participant
“I love the juxtaposition of the two pieces because it allowed me to add new technique to an old piece. I’ve always found it difficult to work on old repertoire, but I feel Respiro helped me figure out how to enjoy old repertoire and breathe new life into it.”
— Jordan Krack, 2017 Participant
“I would tell them that the program is what every singer needs to experience. The faculty is extraordinary and the experiences, tools, classes, and lessons that are provided are extremely life changing. It is amazing how you will be able to improve your voice, body and breath in just over a week!”
— Amanda Blue, 2017 Participant
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