This is the first post in my series on picking arias. The first thing to consider when picking new arias is purpose – every aria in your package should serve a purpose. I realize this more and more every time I revise my arsenal.
Some good reasons to pick an aria:
- This aria shows off my range
- This aria shows off my acting ability
- This aria shows off my coloratura
- This aria shows my ability to sing in Russian
- This aria shows my versatility with different genres of opera (i.e. baroque, contemporary)
- This aria shows I can perform music written by a certain composer (i.e. Mozart, Puccini, Strauss)
- This is an aria I know I can sing regardless of the time of day or the amount of time spent warming up
There are countless reasons to pick an aria, but each aria should have a distinct purpose. It is helpful to review your current arias and determine what purpose each one serves. Are there several arias that serve similar purposes? That could be a missed opportunity to show a different side of you as a performer. Look for holes in your list: What can I do that you wouldn’t be able to tell from what I am offering? Is there an aria that could serve multiple purposes?
I hope this gives you some food for thought as you go through the spring audition season. Keep an eye out for more posts as I continue this series!