Part of the training to be an opera singer is how to approach the emotional aspect about a role and the specific arias that role sings. This also applies to all non-operatic classical songs as well. As a singer you need to reach inward and grasp that emotion the song is about and feel it, sing it as if you were the character, trying to emotionally infect the listener.
The problem is, when you feel that deeply, singing becomes hampered, if not impossible. Think about some of the opera arias. They address anguish over lost love, pain of death, rage of hell, joyous jubilation, uncontrollable laughter, delirium and so on.
The answer…? Detachment. We are trained to reach in and feel so far as to be on the doorstep of relating, feeling 100%, and then stopping short of falling through. We are trained to sing as if it is just a hair’s breadth away from reality. Otherwise, you would hear muddled sobs instead of shimmering high C’s or rich intense low B’s, shrieks of laughter, and so on. You get the idea. This way the listener feels the full emotion, and so do you…almost. But almost feels pretty close. Afterwards, we can listen to the recording and allow ourselves to get completely lost in the song. So there it is. Now you know my secret. It isn’t easy and takes practice and training.
Singing is so cathartic.
I attack my writing in the same way. Because of my opera training, I am able to go just to the breaking point, and stay there while I pour out my heart and life. Afterwards, I read my posts and cry along side the rest of you, laugh, and find joy as well. Only then, do I let myself go and allow myself to feel fully my situation, my heart I just poured out.
So if you wonder how I am able to write as raw as I do, thank my voice teacher, opera directors, and more :).
As always, positive comments are welcome. Negative hurtful comments will be trashed before I can even finish reading them. I have many readers who are emotionally vulnerable, and I will not post comments that will further harm.
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