Ali Ewoldt joined us in the studio just four weeks after taking over the role of Christine in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Being cast as Christine, in addition to being a lifelong dream, marks a groundbreaking shift for the PHANOM family as Ali is “the first woman of color, and Asian American” to take on the role. Listen in as Ali tells us about her audition process, including the notes Hal Prince had for her during her final audition on the stage at the Majestic Theatre. Ali was a wonderfully fun guest, and she has some pretty funny stories about stage mishaps.
Voice Teacher, Beth Roberts, faculty at the Mannes College of Music, always knew she wanted to be a teacher, she studied music education as well as vocal performance and made an effortless transition from performer to voice teacher. We discussed; her rules for teaching various voice ranges, her path to teaching voice, her performance career, apprentice performance programs, what she looks for in young singers, how to audition, the importance of being a ‘good’ colleague, her work with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the art of giving of a Master Class, the importance of studying Art Songs, the importance of vocal health and the speaking voice and when to know at what age to start voice lessons.
Collaborative Pianist-Vocal Coach, Susan Caldwell is a faculty member at Mannes College of Music and was assistant conductor at the New York City opera for 27 years. Her path to her current career flowed naturally from her education as a pianist and organist, which lead her towards opera coaching and accompanying. We talked about; difference voices and the age development and when careers are usually launched, the importance of knowing languages for singers and vocal coaches, necessary skills for a vocal accompanist, how the opera experience in the orchestra pit influenced her ability to accompany and understand the score, the importance of the rehearsal process, defining the role of a vocal coach, the business side to the vocal profession, the art of collaborative performing and the necessary skills needed to be a successful vocal coach.