Back to Basics

So, after a year of creating vocals online for songs, characters and presentations, I thought it was time to take a look at the many ways I could do things better.  I had recently paid up to a 1 year premium package with Voices.com, a site that acts as an online job market for clients … Read More

Playing Doctor Bartolo

A post-production review:  Opera with a pinch of improvisation! Photo courtesy of Dajana Kovac. It is said that the best way to move on from one project is to start another and that was certainly the case after performing in TITCo’s production of Into the Woods. With Tessitoura’s production of Barber of Seville I had … Read More

Playing Doctor Bartolo

This week, I will perform with Tessitoura, a Bristol-based opera company that performs in unique spaces with a small but very talented group of singers and musicians.  This project is Rossini’s masterpiece, The Barber of Seville (1816). It follows the fortunes of The Count Almaviva, Rosina, Doctor Bartolo, Don Basilio to name but a few. … Read More

Playing the Baker

A post-production review Performing the Baker with Teresa Bray as Baker’s Wife and Jemma Brown as the Witch. The Invitation Theatre Company has completed the show run of Sondheim’s Into the Woods.  So, how did it go? From an overall perspective I have to congratulate everyone involved on what has been a tremendous undertaking and … Read More

Playing the Baker

I first came across Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods when my girlfriend at that time (now my wife) was a student at the University of Bristol.  The University’s musical society was putting it on in the student union building.  The whole experience was new to me, from the venue to the musical to the composer. … Read More

Playing Escamillo

A post-production review: Photo from the dress reheasal taken by Stewart McPherson. So it happened. The dust has settled after an incredible week performing in Bristol Opera’s production of Bizet’s Carmen.  So, how did it go? Since March, the part has continued to evolve and my interpretation alter, partly organically but also thanks to input … Read More

Playing Escamillo

There is something both scary and liberating about preparing to play a showman like the celebrated Toreador or bull fighter.  He is a character in Bizet’s opera masterpiece, Carmen.  It’s based on the novella of the same name by Prosper Merimee.  The characters of Carmen and Don Jose are already very fleshed out but Bizet … Read More

40 Voices Challenge #9

Boy #2 – A Child’s Dream of a Star This story was written by Charles Dickens in 1850.  According to Bartleby.com Dickens told a biographer that as a child he used to wander at night about a churchyard near their home, with his sister.  This sister died only two years before this story was written. … Read More

Voice Acting Demo Update!

Voice Acting Demo-July 2016 Demo updated! Thanks to the 40 Voices Challenge, I have made my first update to my voice-over demo.  I’m encouraged that there is improvement in sound quality and I believe that my voice is demonstrating some versatility.  Oh, so much room for improvement however, so onward to the next challenge!

Vocal Observations

Breathing Capacity Last week, I mentioned the way the Bradfordians prepared their performers so that they could better project their voices in a Tithe Barn.  The other exercise they did in the same workshop was designed to increase the performer’s breathing capacity. The exercise was simple but it is effective if practiced; the recommendation was … Read More