My introduction to the world of opera through Opera Queensland’s Vocal Workshops could not have been better. I still remember walking into the space, being surrounded by other enthusiastic, aspiring singers, many of whom I am still friends or colleagues with, and preparing myself as an excited, albeit quiet, 15-year-old.
Prior to this workshop, I had no experience with opera – I hadn’t even seen one before – but over the course of the workshop, the amazing Opera Queensland singers lead us through vocal warm-ups and exercises, taught us new music, guided us through drama and acting exercises and imparted their knowledge of vocal health and techniques. I found it very inspiring.
Most importantly though, they were devoted to the art form and full of love and passion for singing and collaborating. So much so that I decided to pursue a career in music and opera.
The lessons I learned during that first experience have stayed with me throughout my career, and I feel extremely lucky to have been introduced to opera in such a supportive environment. I feel honoured every time I share the stage with one of the artists who held that first workshop.