1) THIS JUST IN: Vibrating sex toys can be used to "loosen up singer's vocal cords". HALLELUIA!!! For all you singers out there who struggle with that evil little bugger called Tongue Tension, or how about that pesky Mr. High Larynx, they've found the solution!! Now, if only they could find a way to make a giant neon pink vibrator less conspicuous....
2) Fred Plotkin wrote a "Letter to Aspiring Opera Singers" on the Operavore blog, following the Metropolitan Opera National Council Finals. He offers some very SOUND advice, like picking arias that suit you NOW, not what will sound good in 10 years, learn how to SPEAK the languages you sing in, etc... A lot of his advice is what I learned at CoOPERAtive, and what my voice teachers have stressed along this journey. Check it out on WQXR's website here.
3) Antonio Pappano at Covent Garden has been complaining about young singers canceling engagements. Fabio Luisi, principal conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, pretty much handed him the door in a very well-worded reply to Norman Lebrecht's blog, Slipped Disc. Luisi writes that the young singers are not entirely to blame for the issue - but rather the conductors, managers, and directors who beg of them TOO Much TOO soon.
I think the second two articles compliment each other very well. As my voice teacher, Kathryn Cowdrick often stresses, too many young artists are singing on YOUTH alone, and not on solid, safe, healthy technique. We need to be thinking of singing as a LONG-TERM career! I want to take a moment right now to thank my other teacher, Meredith Ziegler, for teaching me why it was so important that I don't try to learn Dalila at age 19 (I was so naive...).