Far too few programs offer this sort of training which is particularly evident when we send younger artists to audition in Europe. We often get the feedback from EU presenters that “the voice is beautiful and the technique is flawless, but the artist is so boring!” Thanks for doing your part in combating that.
Had the greatest time yesterday working with Chuck Hudson on some new audition material! Singer friends: Have a coaching with Chuck next time he is in NYC! I can not say enough amazing things! Thank you Chuck!!
My day ended with a mind-blowing, enlightening and fun coaching session with director, Chuck Hudson, who is so brilliant at showing you that even within a 6 minute aria you can create a scene, a story and a dramatic intensity that supports the music and communicates the text.
I’ve actually been applying your staging of arias in to many of my auditions and repertoire and not only is it received better but it means that I have more enjoyment and freedom when I’m singing.
I just wanted to send a big thank you to Pacific Opera (Sydney) for subsiding and coordinating private lessons with Chuck Hudson. Chuck brought such incredible dramatic nuance to the texts we worked on. His ability to illuminate rich and expressive subtexts helped me to expand my thinking about characterisation. He has demystified audition and recital presentation for me in a way that I’m sure will effect every performance I give from now on. I have not experienced this kind of coaching before. It has highlighted for me that every singer can be connected with text and context in a way that enables their best performance, regardless of the setting in which they are performing. I really appreciate that P.O. saw it fit to give everyone the opportunity to work with Chuck at this level. Thank you for your support and mentorship of us all.
Thank you so much Chuck, I’m feeling so much better ever since we started working together. I had a lot of confidence issues and like you said, when we know what we do in every given moment, the confidence just comes by itself. I’m so grateful to you!!
I want to extend my gratitude to you for working with the Athlone Artists over these past few months. It has been a treat to learn from someone who has such a mastery of his craft, and to do so in such an organized and entertaining way.
I wanted to thank you for our work together (I can’t wait to see you again), and let you know that the tools we worked on have been game changers even after one session. I have felt so secure in my auditions and had a great turn out so far with casting for the fall and winter. Most of all, I was offered a spot on Wade Artist Management’s roster as a principle artist!
Just want to say a heartfelt big thank you to Pacific Opera for enabling me to have that coaching..it was the best singing coaching/experience I have had in a seriously long time. Many thanks
I got more out of my hour with him than all of my theater classes in college combined!
I came third in the International Classical Singer Competition (emerging professional division) in Chicago from a very big group and very competitive field of singers. I performed in over five rounds for the podium finish. Thanks very much for the coaching and insights, it made a big difference to the dramatic delivery.
I just wanted to drop you a quick line to thank you again for the work we did in Auckland. I had my audition at Guildhall last week, and sang the Stravinsky – and just found out I got in! The great thing was that, after all the work we had done on that aria, I felt so calm and in control in the audition, and much more able to really perform it even under stress – so thank you very much!
I wanted to write to you to thank you and say how much I learned from your course…I went on to audition at the Guildhall School of Music in London and in all three of the audition rounds I found myself re-creating/inventing the arias that we worked through together and because of the planning and “beats of action” we talked through, I felt so much more confident and comfortable…I have been accepted into the Opera Studies Programme at Guildhall on a full fees scholarship, which I am just over the moon about. I really believe that the coaching sessions with you made such an enormous difference to my thinking about singing and performing in general and I am very thankful to have had the time to work with you — thank you for helping me to set my standards for myself much higher.