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    Career Development for Classical and Opera Singers

  • SoftlyLoud Artist Consulting

     

    Bridging the Gap between Singers and a Singing Career!

     
    There are many paths to success. Navigate a straighter and more direct path with us!
     
    Are you a singer looking to find Stability and Knowledge of what Career Possibilities are open to you?
     
    We are here to Empower you as an artist, Unlock your potential, and Reinforce your special attributes.
     

    Are you just a few connections away from having the career of your dreams?

     

    Do you want to find out about a Full-time career

    in the Fest system as a Young Artist or Professional Singer in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland's numerous historic Opera Houses!

     

    We are making connections to the Agents and Casting Directors who can give you opportunities in Europe.

     

    Get Agent feedback without leaving your living room!

     

    We are here to clarify your options and help you on the straightest path toward your goals!

    Message from Founder and CEO, Rebecca Davis

     
     

    Looking back at the way my career twisted and turned, I know I could have used more career advice. When I was establishing myself as a professional, there could have been a straighter path to finding the financial security that I craved. There were several forks in the road that I picked a direction, just using my intuition. I wish I could have really talked through my options and known more about the specific workings of the industry. For a long time, I was really just flying blind from one Young Artist program to the next, without knowing when to break out of the cycle. I had a wonderful freelance career, but still wanted something more, Stability. I wanted to have a family. I wanted to have it all.

     

    When I landed a coveted Fest position in Germany, many personal and professional opportunities opened up for me. Then I found my real voice. My colleagues were reaching out to me for advice. I loved hearing about their journeys and brainstorming ways they could take their next steps.

     

    I created SoftlyLoud to give singers more opportunities. To connect them to great industry leaders. To help them collect feedback and information for them to make well-informed decisions in their careers. To help look within themselves, Softly, to know who they are and then to Loudly proclaim it in everything they do.

     

    I am so excited that our amazing team and industry experts will be helping singers to guide them toward more successes in their careers.

     

    I look forward to hearing your stories and helping you find a more direct path. We have a lot of exciting things in store for you!

     

    Sincerely, Rebecca

     

     

    "We are unique, each human voice, not because we are completely self-generated, but because of who we choose to assemble the countless factors that made us." ~ Renee Fleming
     

    CRESCENDO CREW!!

     

    Become a Member of our Crescendo Crew:

    Subscribe to become a Member!

    $30 a month

     

    Our Membership includes:

    • 2 Career Consultations!
    • Masterclasses with Experts on a wide array of topics and Opportunities to Sing for Leaders in the Classical Music Industry. (Currently on Zoom; Replay available)
    • Information on Opportunities available to singers
    • Tools to Achieve Professional Looking Materials (CV and Video)
    • Fundraising options
    • Interviews with our Resident Coaches and VIP Industry Experts focused on singer-related topics.
    • Community for Singers to connect in our Facebook group
    • Free Entrance and Discounts on Upcoming Special Events and Masterclasses, including Agents and Casting Directors
    • Links to fun and helpful singer Resources
    • Mock Auditions- Try your audition arias out on our coaches and get honest feedback that will help you make informed choices on how and with what you present yourself in real auditions.
    • All the previous recorded sessions from our Summer Masterclass Series.

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    GROUP WORKSHOPS!!

     

    Check out our small Groups (Leveling Up and Life in the Fest Lane) for Emerging and Established Singers. These six week, Exclusive Workshops will jump-start your Career with more Visibility and amazing new Connections!

     

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    ONE ON ONE CONSULTATION!!

     

    Are you interested in developing your career working One on One with

    Coaches and Mentors currently in the Industry?

     

    Would you like productive Feedback and a personal Step by Step plan tailored for your Goals?

     

    Contact us for more information and to Customize your own VIP Experience!

    "One is just given a talent, and it's one's duty to make the most of it." ~ Joan Sutherland

  • FALL WEEKLY MASTERCLASS SERIES!!!!

    Free to Members of the Crescendo Club (Priority Spots)

    25E for Non-members to Sing per Masterclass (Limited Spots)

    10E for Non-members to Audit per Masterclass

    Masterclasses will take place on Zoom.

    Click on pictures for Registration Links!

    Music Theater and Crossover Masterclass

    with Maya Barsacq

    September 12th at 19:00 CET

    Singing Masterclass!

    Learn how to make Money from your Skills-without giving up being a Singer!

    FREE Masterclass Chat with Sandra Janke

    September 19th at 19:00 CET

     

    5 Ways Singers Sabotage their Health

    with Laurie Seeley, Functional Medicine Coach

    September 26 at 19:00 CET

     

    Mozart Masterclasses!!!

    Mozart's DaPonte Operas Masterclass

    With Maya Barsacq and Cameron Burns

    October 3rd at 19:00 CET

    Singing Masterclass!

    Mozart's German Operas Masterclass

    with Cameron Burns

    October 10th at 19:00 ET

    Singing Masterclass!

    with Maya Barsacq

    Mozart Grab Bag Masterclass

    Repertoire from Mozart's Sacred Works, Concert Arias, remaining Italian Operas, and Lied

    October 17th at 19:00 CET

    Singing Masterclass!

    Bel Canto Opera Masterclass

    with Rolando Garza Rodriguez

    October 24th at 19:00 CET

    Singing Masterclass!

    with Maya Barsacq

    French Opera Masterclass

    October 31st at 19:00 CET

    Singing Masterclass

    Wagner Operas Masterclass

    with Cameron Burns

    November 7th at 19:00 CET

    Singing Masterclass!

    How to Optimize your Audition Experience:

    Audition Masterclass

     

    with Ted Ganger

    November 14th at 19:00 CET

    Singing Masterclass!

    Puccini Operas Masterclass

    FREE FACEBOOK LIVE EDITION!!!!

    with Francesco Milioto

    November 21st at 19:00 CET

    Singing Masterclass!

    Being Your Best Critic: How to Interpret Feedback

    November 28th at 19:00 CET

    Singing Masterclass!

    with Maya Barsacq and Rebecca Davis

    Contact us if You're Interested in Singing on the Masterclasses!

    Please list which Masterclasses you would like to be considered for and what arias you are prepared to sing with backtrack or live accompaniment.

  • Leveling Up!

     
     
     
     
    Where Established Singers Learn How To Distinguish Themselves and Market Their Special Brand!
     
    Great Opportunities to Consult with Casting Directors and Agents.
     
    Group meets once a week on Zoom
    November 2 - December 12, 2020
     

  • Media/Testimonials

    "The course (Leveling Up) has connected me to myself, my goals, to the singing community, to the professionals in the industry, and through examination, has bonded me more deeply to music as a whole....Thank you, Rebecca, for everything. You have initiated a truly radical 180° change in my focus and trajectory and optimism, and it is already leading to great things."
    -Anna-Louise Costello, Mezzo Soprano

    I feel 'recharged' and ready for any auditions that come along.
    -Helen Tintes, Mezzo-Soprano

    Facebook Post after Yvonne Prentki's audition for Casting Director, David Lomeli.

  • Our Resident Coaches

    Rebecca Davis

    Founder and CEO, Soprano

     

    Rebecca Davis is an American Soprano working in Germany. She was Fest at the Hannover State Opera for six seasons. Currently she is working freelance and enjoying working on passion projects and helping to coach and cultivate singer's careers.

     

    Rebecca worked freelance in the US for many years after doing several young artist programs, including San Francisco Opera's Merola Program. Some of Rebecca's career highlights included singing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall, Opera San Jose's momentous production of Idomeneo, and singing CioCio San and Rusalka at the Hannover Staatsoper.

     

    Rebecca has a background in Business Administration. Working 10 years for several finance companies,while studying music at Illinois Wesleyan University, Northwestern University, and as a Young Artist.

     

    Rebecca is a wife and mother and has loved finding her balance between work, family, and financial security.

     

    www.rebeccadavis.org

     

    Cameron Burns

    Conductor, Vocal Coach, and Pianist

    Cameron Burns is a Conductor and Vocal Coach from London. He made his conducting debut in 2012 with LSO Discovery and from 2015 until 2020 he was a Repetiteur and later Kapellmeister at the Staatsoper Hannover, where he conducted almost 150 performances of a varied repertoire , ranging from Handel to world premieres. A Pianist and Organist by training, he started accompanying Singers and Choirs at the age of 9, which set off his love for the voice.

     

    After holding both an Organ and academic scholarship at New College, Oxford, he subsequently trained with Mirella Freni at her academy (CUBEC) in Italy, Dennis O'Neill in Cardiff (WIAV), the National Opera Studio in London, and was heavily involved with the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Snape.

     

    Prior to his time in Germany, he freelanced as a Repetiteur, Chorus Master, and Assistant Conductor, working regularly for Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Marinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, ENO, WNO, Reisopera Nederland, Zomeropera Belgium and Grange Park Opera. Sir Jeffrey Tate was his mentor for three years, and he still uses the batons which Jeffrey gave him before his death in 2017.

     

    Aside from music, Cameron has an ongoing love-affair with Italy and Italian art history. He has eaten a mainly plant-based diet for almost four years and is an avid reader.

     

    www.camconductor.com

     

    Rolando Garza Rodriguez

    Conductor, Vocal Coach, and Pianist

    Rolando is originally from Mexico and has a Bachelors Degree in Piano from The University of Texas and a Masters degree, in Piano, from The Manhattan School of Music. During his years in New York City, he accompanied lessons for the voice studio of the world famous Mezzo Soprano, Mignon Dunn and became one of the most sought after Opera Coaches in the city.

     

    In 2006, he joined the Opéra National du Rhin as Assistant Music Director of “Les jeunes voix du Rhin” and played for several productions for ONR. In 2008, he took the position of Music Director of Opera Avenir, the Young Aritist Program at Theater Basel, Switzerland, as well as Korrepetitor and Conductor. In 2014, he took the position of Studienleiter and Conductor at Theater Bremen, Germany. He has since worked as Studienleiter at Luzerner Theater in Switzerland and Theater für Niedersachsen in Germany.

     

    He is an Italian repertoire specialist and has collaborated with artists of international acclaim; such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Mirella Freni, Sherrill Milnes, and Anna Moffo. He has been on the coaching staff of many international summer opera programs. Rolando’s expertise in casting has been greatly appreciated in the many opera houses where he has worked. In his free-time, Rolando is also a very accomplished painter.

     

     

    Maya Barsacq

    Conductor, Vocal Coach, Singer, and Creative Entrepreneur

     
    Maya Barsacq is a French/American Conductor, Composer and former Opera Singer. Barsacq is the Founder and Conductor of Cadenza and Nu. A passionate and dynamic artist, she is a dedicated advocate of Classical Music and especially Contemporary Classical Music. Conducting and Assisting Conducting engagements have included Midsummer Mozart Festival, New Frequencies Festival, Opera Idaho, West Bay Opera, Distinguished Artist Series, Classical Revolution Orchestra, and Lamplighter Theater.
     
    Barsacq loves the theatricality of life and performance. She has recently worked closely with Carlus Padrissa of La Fura dels Baus, an inspiring creator for her. She will continue to collaborate with Padrissa on various upcoming projects.
     
    Barsacq is a strong advocate of Music Education. She frequently is invited to teach masterclass workshops in Vocal technique, Conducting, Opera auditions, Opera business and coaching at conservatories and universities worldwide.
     
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