How wrong I was. Solo done, reality began to settle in. The faculty didn't want something unique. The thrust of classical vocal music education seems to be opera and only opera, in Canada. What about all the other venues, venues that seem to be luring in the entertainment dollars, far more so than I see in the opera world. I know there is a perception, that if you are classically trained, you can sing anything, any style.
Thus began the drubbing, the attempt to hammer a cookie-cutter opera sound from a voice so uniquely rich, vibrant and full of colour.
The dire warning, that "only the best of the best here at Western will make it in the music world" (translate to opera) was their cheerless pep talk in the first week of studies.
Her voice teacher's query "had she ever had a voice teacher before, and did she teach you anything?" really helped to shore up the already bruised ego. Daily comments about the 'darkness' of her voice, the incorrect placements, the poor tonal reproduction, on and on ............ to the final "I'm not sure how to help you."
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