Singing while Moming

Many have asked me what it’s like to be a Mamma and a singer. In many ways it’s the struggle of every working parent and in many ways it’s not.

Self Assessment

But I wanted to be a Ballerina…

Younger Artist Advice

I’m all grown up and younger artists are asking me for advice, so here it is.

Audition Season, Part 2

Once upon a time all auditions happened in the 2 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It was awful, and awesome. If you rocked out that week, you were set for the year, but if you came down with a cold, you were SCREWED. Yes it was tough, but you also got to have 1 million
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Never Sing Sick……

Unless you absolutely HAVE to sing sick, then it better not be for an audition and you better know what the hell you’re doing.​ This year I returned to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Yuletide! celebration with Sandy Patti and was really looking forward to it. I love Christmas, I love Christmas music, and the many,
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The 3 Ps

Don’t we look sexy? You’d never know this picture was at the end of a LONG day of filming for a new, online only opera company (think Netflix for Opera). I’ve always wanted to sing a Mimì, and since I seem to be incapable of doing any kind of traditional gig, this was my chance!
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The Recital that Facebook Built

I’ve put a lot of thought into this upcoming recital, and it all really started with a blog post from one of my former professors from Ithaca College, Patrick Hansen. ​It’s well worth the read. One of the many things he touches on is the academic requirement of the Art Song Recital. I’ve been to A LOT of
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I can learn anything in 2 weeks. Anything.

It’s been a very busy year, mostly with what I would call last minute engagements. I really wish I were the kind of artist who got hired more than 3 months before a gig, but that doesn’t seem to be my lot in life. Frankly, as long as I get to sing with orchestra in
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Best. Day. Ever.

My name is Donata, and somewhere in the whirlwind of this past audition season, I had THE BEST DAY EVER! One weekend I flew out to audition for Indianapolis Opera to sing for them, as it was looking highly likely that I’d be moving there for my Husband’s job in the spring. I went through my Day-of-show/
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It feels like I just returned from  Pagliacci at Opera in the Heights, an opera, and company I’d never thought I’d work for. Seriously, talk about persistence being the key to success. I’ve sung for Opera in the Heights four times, and only now was a good fit… for a role I never thought I’d sing,
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