As an operatic soprano, I cannot think of anything more exciting than to be in an operatic production;nothing more rewarding than to feel I have worked hard and sung my best. There are few who are able to make a living as a full time opera singer.
So, like many opera singers, I teach voice. I am also an independent contractor at various long term care facilities in the Washington DC area in the role of music therapist. Many people I sing for with dementia and alzheimers respond to my singing in powerful ways, when the spoken word often only confuses them. I founded the ARLINGTON OPERA ENSEMBLE in 2006 to provide quality performing opportunities for myself and other singers. Presently, I am working on the double role OF acting director as well as the agent who finds performing venues for the group. Our recent performance of FROM OPERA TO BROADWAY garnered a standing ovation. I have discovered that, if I want to perform, I have to often times make my own opportunities. AS a result I have come up with the above creative solutions and thereby learned to step out of my comfort zone. I recommend you do the same to give your own talent, as well as the talent of your musical colleagues, a chance top grow while giving love and joy to your fellow human beings.