Our Mission

Respiro Opera, NYC is an intensive training program designed to aid the artistic development of the emerging young professional. Classes focus on the breath and physical freedom with hands on Alexander Technique, Body Mapping, and Yoga specifically tailored for singers. The freeing of the body and breath is essential and compatible with all vocal techniques. Participants in Respiro Opera’s program will work with basic stagecraft and the skill set required for today’s opera performer. Each singer is responsible for the word by word translation. Arias and scenes are discussed with respect to the cultural and historical framework of composer and librettist.

Respiro Opera, NYC’s faculty uphold and honor musical style and tradition from bel canto through contemporary opera. The objective of each faculty member is to raise the participant’s level of confidence in a supportive and honest way. Our faculty is composed of highly regarded professionals with connections to young artist programs and American opera companies.

Respiro Opera, NYC will provide each participant with a video of the final performance. Videos will also be used by Respiro Opera, NYC for promotional purposes and for those individuals who cannot attend the public performance.

Note: Class participation is limited to 10 participants


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“I became more conscious of my body awareness which I have been able to translate into my every day life. I understand how to address the issues that were with me before going into the program.”
— Jason Zacher, 2018 Participant



“It was a great idea to start yoga before classes. It really helped me breathe easier and relax my body while singing. Body work goes a long way in affecting the voice. Some singers have solid technique but their own muscular tension and posture hold them back.”
— Jordan Krack, 2016 Participant
 
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SAMPLE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

 

Friday: Meet and Greet, and Sing in!

Saturday: yoga, Body Mapping introduction; text/historical setting

Sunday: yoga, Alexander Technique master class; musical coachings

Monday afternoon: blocking, musical coachings, Body Mapping small groups; yoga, AT master class

Tuesday afternoon: blocking, musical coachings, Improv small groups, AT small groups; yoga, musical coachings/blocking

Wednesday afternoon: blocking, musical coachings; yoga, blocking, musical coachings, Body Mapping small groups

Thursday afternoon: blocking, musical coachings; yoga, review blocking/musical coachings. Master Class on “Managing Stress for Peak Performance.”

Friday: Triage, Yoga, New York Agent Mock Audition Q&A

Saturday: Dress rehearsal!

Sunday: Public Performance at Opera America, NYC


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