Useful sites for singers

Here’s an (occasionally) updated list of useful sites.. Please let me know of anything worth adding!

First the ones you have to pay for:

  • YAPtracker – a great site for keeping abreast of competition and operastudio applications and auditions.
  • IPA Source – if you’re a singer and you don’t know what IPA is, you need to learn. If you already know what IPA is then you will love this site*. Heaps of songs and arias translated and phonetically transcribed to purchase (the best value is the subscription for unlimited downloads). They also have a page about the German Fach system in case anyone was interested.
  • Schubert Online – lieder, songs and arias to download, with the option to transpose to any key.
  • OperAgent – a great place to host a profile where potential casting-people can find you. You can also embed that profile in your own website.
  • AuditionsPlus – This is a new site from Classical Singer. (I haven’t used it, but it looks helpful, particularly to north americans)

Ok, now the free stuff!

  • IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library – this project is just wonderful, though the quality is true Wiki hit and miss. Still, I’ve found some really useful stuff here. Basically it’s an extensive collection of scanned public domain scores.
  • Operabase – a very useful sight with lots of information about opera houses, seasons, singers, agents etc. from all over the world.
  • Opera Scores – some more online scores thanks to Indiana University
  • Opera Libretti – this is from Stanford University.
  • The Lied and Song Texts Page – no IPA this time, but a really extensive collection of translations and texts.
  • The Aria Database – lots of texts and translations plus character information and range, fach and tessitura information.
  • The Diction Police – a podcast on diction and pronounciation from Ellen Rissinger, a successful American repetiteur currently working at the Dresden Semperoper.
  • Google Translate – In my opinion, the best translator for balance of ease of use, speed and quality. Freetranslation is good too. Reverso is the best tool for conjugating
  • CopyPasteCharacter is an excellent little page for quickly grabbing those pesky letters that English keyboards don’t have.
  • Youtube – there is just so much opera to see on here.
  • Musical Chairs – jobs!
  • Weebly – for creating websites! Also check out Flavors.me for a simpler ‘landing’ site.

I’ve also put together a list of all the German-speaking opera studios that I know of.

Martin Cooke has written a very helpful article in regards to having a career as a singer in Germany and Austria.

*One of my teachers likened this prepared stuff to microwave dinners; they feed you but you never learn how to cook. So I probably should qualify my recommendation and say that it’s for when you want to learn stuff fast, or check the translation and transcription you already did yourself.

What do you think?

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