from Here to There
by Joan Dornemann
love working with singers. I am so fortunate that, entirely
by accident, I happened upon the career of opera coach. I think
we literally never really do know what is just around the corner
and what opportunity lies waiting for us, if we just have enough
courage to recognize it and to take it.
It is a wonderful career. In more than 25 years at the Metropolitan Opera, I have had the privilege of working with the greatest singers—and with beginning singers as well, during my time as part of the Metropolitan Opera competition. What I have never come across is a perfect singer. I’ve known many singers who are perfectly terrific, and perfectly thrilling, and perfectly wonderful. But perfect? No. But I know this is a perfectly wonderful time for singers! Never mind the economic situation.