Breathing for Singers
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$10 suggested donation
This first seminar in the series will be lead by soprano, Tracy Cox.
Tracy will break down the physics of breath function for singing, and walk the group through breath exercises typical to her private voice instruction. This seminar is ideal both for singers wanting a better understanding of breath, and for anyone wanting to spend some focused time oxygenating with deep breathing. Deep breathing not only increases brain function and reduces anxiety — when we fully inflate and deflate our lungs as a focused practice, it also tangibly increases lung function and helps protect us from respiratory illness such as pneumonia!
About the Instructor:
Voice Classical/Opera: all ages, intermediate through advanced professional
Tracy Cox, a Dallas native, has been hailed by the Washington Post as an “impressive” soprano, LA Weekly has written of her as a “force of nature”, and Arts in LA described her voice as, “opulent, dramatic, and expressive, with a golden sheen that is nothing short of breathtaking”. An alumna of Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, she made her professional debut with the company in the role of Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, under the baton of Placido Domingo. While in residence she also sang the roles of Female Chorus in Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Pisana in Verdi’s I Due Foscari, and Second Lady in Krenek’s Das geheime Königreich. The last three years have seen her debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pasadena Symphony as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and the Cincinnati Symphony as the Soprano II soloist in Mahler’s 8th “Symphony of A Thousand”, as well as the title role in Debussy’s La damoiselle élue. She sang the role of Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff with Wolf Trap Opera in 2013, followed by “Sa Femme” in Milhaud’s Le Pauvre Matelot, and recently sang the title role in Verdi’s Aida with Opera San Louis Obispo.
In June 2012, she made her International concert debut at the Vishnevskaya Opera Center in Moscow, and has since performed throughout Hungary with both the Philharmonic Orchestra of Györ as well as Budapest’s famed MÁV Symphony Orchestra. She sang the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos to much acclaim in 2015 with the darling of the Indie Opera scene, Pacific Opera Project. She was seen in solo recital in 2015 in Arlington, Virginia with Kim Witman, as part of the Ravinia-Steans Institute in Chicago, and as a featured performer at the Barachois Music Festival in New Brunswick, Canada.
Tracy has been an honored recipient of a number of the most prestigious National and International prizes, including a Sullivan Grant in November 2015, the George London-Kirsten Flagstad Prize in February 2014, and the Birgit Nilsson Prize at the 2013 Operalia Competition in Verona. She was an International Finalist in the first inaugural Elizabeth Connell Prize for Dramatic Sopranos held in Sydney, Australia, placed 2nd in Fort Worth Opera’s 2014 McCammon Competition, and was a Grand National Finalist in the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Ms. Cox was named a 2013 recipient of the prestigious Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, and received an Emerging Artist Award from the 2013 Opera Index Competition. Ms.Cox won the 2012 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, and was presented in recital by the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, California, and the National Opera Center in New York City.
Ms.Cox is an acclaimed artist of many mediums, including line drawing and graphic design, large scale paintings, and poetry and spoken word performance. She has an engaging social media presence, and has live tweeted on behalf of L.A. Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and the Phillips Collection in Washington DC.
Tracy Cox is currently at the Metropolitan Opera for the 2017-2018 opera season. She is on referral for NYC bookings.