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BONNIE, USA

soprano, body awareness coach

"I found Living Opera when I needed it most. I was getting my M. M. in voice, and there was so much I didn’t know about the industry. Soula and Norman became an invaluable resource for information, encouragement, and mentorship. I was passionate about cultivating wellness in the opera industry. As the community began to grow, I found myself surrounded by like minded people who were also striving to “be the change they wish to see.” 

 

Living Opera is more than a well of knowledge-it is a meeting place of growth. I am so grateful to be a part of it." 

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CLAIRE, 

GERMANY

soprano

"Living Opera offers such great mentorship!
Norman and Soula are not only high-class performers with A LOT of valuable experience and information to share, they are also very supportive, fun and lovely people! It‘s always so confidence-boosting and inspiring to talk to them and hear their view on things. The LO community gives a feeling of togetherness in a field that can be very isolating."

FRANCISCA, SWITZERLAND

Bassoonist, teacher

“I’m a professional bassoonist and bassoon teacher from Portugal, currently working in Switzerland, where I often play in the orchestra pit of the Zurich opera. I noticed Living Opera a while ago and at first I started following because I’m a big opera fan and was curious, but ended up staying and engaging with Soula and Norman because, besides the quality technical content for singers, (we instrumentalists are fascinated by this too by the way!), they are very inspiring. They are skilled professionals in a very competitive job, that look around, ask questions, and are open to creating and working on the solutions. In is an empowering community that I can’t wait to see grow!”

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GABRIEL, USA

baritone

"One of things I’ve really appreciated about the Living Opera community is the transparency of information being presented behind what to expect and how to successfully navigate, build, and sustain a career in this industry. One of the other things I’ve also come to learn is to allow my voice to be the vessel for different platforms in which I can use ALL of the gifts that I’ve been given."

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IVY, USA

soprano

A place where you can ask questions, a place where you are fully supported, a place full of positivity and bright minds: that's the Living Opera community. The reality of this job is a lot more complicated than we're taught in school. Living Opera puts out tons of relevant information for the modern singer and has continually empowered me to find my niche in this industry.

JANESE, USA

soprano, full-time mom

"Thank you for the work that you do! I feel blessed to have discovered the Living Opera community and welcomed with open arms.

 

The platform is a place for me to voice concerns and joys about the work that I do as a performer. Soula and Norm have helped me with things as trivial as what to wear on the first day of rehearsal, to the ever-important skill of developing habits to maintain mental clarity while traveling.

 

I hope that as more people come into contact with the work of Living Opera they will come to know what a necessary and valuable resource this provides. Being an opera singer means that we have many colleagues, but we don't often share physical space. Living Opera is providing a consistent workplace environment where we can gather and communicate from the various places in which we live and work."  

Featured community members

The Living Opera community is a vibrant, dynamic group of people spanning over 20 nations, 3 continents and counting. This is where we celebrate members of our community and find out what they have to say about the Living Opera project. 

This is by no means an exclusive group - anyone is welcome to be featured here. We don't play favorites and we don't care about pedigree. The only requirements to be part of the Living Opera community are: 1. You have a passion for dialogue 2. You are focused on improving the world in which we live. That's it. You don't even have to be an opera singer!

If you've got something to say about Living Opera and you want to be featured, you can always contact us. We would love to hear from you! In the meantime, let's check out this amazing group of people!

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ORLANDO, USA

tenor - opera and musical theater

The Living Opera Community has been extremely helpful as an undergrad student going into the singing scene. I have so many questions as I get futher into this field and Soula and Norman have welcomed me into their community with open arms. Their devotion towards helping young artists is so unheard of, especially in our art form. I love their energy so much because it feels genuine. I’m thankful to be a part of this, and I cannot wait for Living Opera to continue to grow with more friends!

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AMANDA,CANADA

soprano, mother of 3

The short of it is, Living Opera had been my lifeline this season. Having come back into singing, after a decade of being at home raising my family, I found LO through a mutual colleague and I am forever grateful! Connecting with Living Opera has positively challenged me in my career goals, brought laughter to my soul, and strengthened my “why” in this business. LO launched just as I was relaunching my singing career, and they have walked along side of me through the ups and downs and all arounds, always holding out an open hand and offering a friendly smile. Norm and Soula’s honesty, transparency, and joy is refreshing. You really know they want to help others in this industry! Their equipping is absolutely stellar, and I am thankful for their willingness to share their first hand knowledge with everyone they meet.

OSCAR, GUATEMALA

Bass

"Living Opera is an incredible resource for artists at any stage in their development! As an emerging Young Artist, I have gained a plethora of insight into Young Artist Programs, European Fest Contracts, Artist Management and various other aspects of this challenging career. Through this platform, I have found a strong community of like-minded individuals, striving to connect with and inspire each other. I am so grateful to have connected with Soula and Norman!"

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ILIA, FRANCE

soprano, translator

"Living Opera is a safe space to ask questions and share about what you care as a young singer, Soula and Norman are never judging and provide good advice AND they are hilarious and super generous!!”

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MARTHA,AUSTRIA

soprano

"Living Opera builds a supportive community among opera singers around the world. It offers a digital and personal space to share thoughts, knowledge, motivation and care and to discuss relevant issues of the opera business on a non-judgmental basis.

Most importantly it creates a bond which brings me both joy, strength and power for my own career as it enables me to support my colleagues with my personal abilities and strengths."

ANDREW, USA

tenor, 

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JULIAN, ARGENTINA

Baritone

I’m a baritone from Argentina. I found Living Opera on Instagram, and at first I thought Soula and Norman were just a couple of great singers, but the truth is that they are helping us in many other ways too! They give you tips for develop your technical knowledge, they make you laugh on the videos, they answer your questions on-on-one, and I think the best of all is that they are encouraging you all the time not to give up and keep going and going! For me the personally, Soula’s experiences are a great example to rise up and take the control of your life and get stronger, even in the worse scenario ever.  With determination, you are able to overcome and re-born as a better human being - that’s Soula! But dont forget Norman! He was the support she needed and that’s why they are an amazing couple! They are great singers, funny people, humble in an incredible way, a great motivation and inspiration, and I’m really grateful for both of them! They are lovely!! (And of course they are extremely good looking too!! HAHA!!)

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VICTORIA, USA

soprano

"Living Opera is an incredible resource for artists at any stage in their development! As an emerging Young Artist, I have gained a plethora of insight into Young Artist Programs, European Fest Contracts, Artist Management and various other aspects of this challenging career. Through this platform, I have found a strong community of like-minded individuals, striving to connect with and inspire each other. I am so grateful to have connected with Soula and Norman!"

ANNE- SOFIE,

DENMARK/UK

contralto

After reading one single post on Instagram I was immediately hooked: this was the honest, informative and supportive content for opera singers I had been missing and needing. 

I came across Living Opera after graduating from my Master's feeling completely burnt out. I didn't know what I should do next and I wondered if I was the only one feeling a bit lost? 

 

I've experienced more insight through Living Opera than I have in some of the world's most acknowledged conservatoires. 

 

They have created an incredibly supportive community where we check in and cheer for each other. I've never seen more opera students and professionals be so honest about their journey and their struggles. Living Opera is helping bringing opera business into "real life" among students and artists, so that we feel successful no matter where or how far in our career we've come. And most importantly: we're encouraged to stop competing and start supporting.

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BLAKE, USA

baritone

Living Opera has add more fuel to my fire! I have been inspired by them to continue to promote the good new of the Lord, Jesus Christ in every sphere of influence he calls me too. 

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OLIVIER, CANADA

baritone

"Living Opera has brought into my life an important element of community. Navigating the first years of this strange and wonderful profession, with all its ups and downs, can be extremely difficult - and lonely. Soula and Norman have supported me through some of the most trying times and I could not be more grateful for their presence in my life."

CARLA JONES

Product Manager

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