I totally disagree with your comment about not studying opera unless a student is interesting in classical music. As a music teacher myself and the mother of a daughter who is pursuing a double major in vocal performance AND musical theater, I can honestly say that classical technique is the basis for all singing, especially at a young age.
Many musical theater performers excel at both genres of music, but it is the classical technique that is vitally important, much the same way that classical ballet is vital for any dancer.
I respect all of your views, Julie, and know you are coming from a long background in this business, but on this point, I really have to say I don't agree.
Posted on May 24, 2008, 5:15 AM from IP address 188.8.131.52