|Canadian born, I have been involved in opera since my days at the University of Capetown, South Africa. I am an Associate of the Royal College of Music. I have been awarded a Masters Degree attending the University of Southern California, studying with William Vennard and Walter Doucloux. Most of my career was in California, having sung with the San Francisco Opera, the San Diego Opera and a myriad of smaller companies. As well as singing, I have spent many years teaching voice and directing opera in Los Angeles.
It is my pleasure to be of assistance to my fellow opera singers, teachers and directors.
As a tenor I have prepared over 40 roles, and am quite familiar with the challenges involved. I used to play for myself but found that to be undesirable both vocally and dramatically. I decided to devise a recorded accompaniment for myself. Others viewed what I was doing and requested I do the same for them. This is how Opera Practice Perfect was born.
“Canned” accompaniments can be quite limiting with respect to tempi. Since we as opera singers, when actually performing a role with an orchestra, will be following the baton of the conductor, I managed to have the accompaniments follow the baton of a renowned conductor by matching the tempi to that of a recording. I must admit . . . that was a formidable task!
The accompaniments became artistically viable. In performance there is some give and take in arias, but everything else is in the hands (literally) of the conductor. So at the very least, I am comfortable knowing I am practicing to the baton of someone with whom I might actually be having the live experience.
As a teacher, I find it liberating not to play for my students, but sit aside and give them my complete attention both to their voice and their body movements.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or thoughts.
|Glen Gary Fisher
Creator of Opera Practice Perfect