Singing Advice

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    Developing Dialects

    The ability to speak convincingly in different dialects is an important part of an actor's tool kit. No matter how well you connect emotionally with a role, a false or inappropriate accent can diminish the final result.

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    Creating a Community

    Amy Stoller, a 'dialect designer,' discusses finding the sound of an Irish village for the Off-Broadway hit 'Wife to James Whelan.'

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    The Best Method Is No Method

    "I can't say I have a method." That's Jackie Presti speaking. "I never understand any method. Does any method fit every person? We're not cookie cutters."

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    Transitioning From Opera to Broadway

    Richard Lissemore is a New York–based voice teacher who has had great success in both the classical and Broadway worlds. He has helped students make the shift from classically trained singer to successful musical theater actor.

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    You Could Drive a Truck Through It

    Nashville-based voice coach Brett Manning is one of the most recognized names in vocal instruction. Manning has also created the only CD instruction course dealing solely with vibrato.

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    Rescuing Voices

    Dave Stroud is a Los Angeles–based voice teacher who has been called to rescue many a tour or recording session.

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    Manchester's Master Class

    The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester offers her expertise to five young performers in her YoungArts' In the Studio master class.

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    Singing Their Hearts Out

    "The challenge in doing a Stephen Sondheim show is that the bar is raised so high," says Aaron Lazar, who plays the buffoonish Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm in the Broadway revival of "A Little Night Music."

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    Voice 10, Acting…10

    The ability to suspend disbelief has always been the operagoer's stock-in-trade. You have to be able to squint just right to imagine that the 40-something soprano who could best you at arm wrestling is a callow, put-upon waif.

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    Cabaret Classroom

    The point—as Sutton Foster and Nora York promote it to their students—is that cabaret is a venue where the voice is only a part of the entertainment equation.