How to learn to sing opera?

I want to sing opera or classical cuz its pretty... I can't afford a teacher or anything... I looked around for church choirs and stuff and they only accept adults...


I know how to play keyboard so I can read music somewhat. And it's too late to start choir at our school since it goes by grade levels and not by how good or not good you are (talked to both my counselor and the choir teacher.. both said I should've started last year, but I took a keyboard class instead and there's only one level of keyboard class and I'm done with that)

Update 2:

I live in sf... if that helps... most of the choirs are gay pride choirs and stuff...

Update 3:

I'm 15.. almost 16... I read that most singing lessons start when you're 16?

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  • 7 years ago
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    1. If you are too young to even sing in a church choir (and stuff)--then you are too young to be singing opera.

    2. You HAVE to take voice lessons--and a lot of them--to sing classical music of any kind because of the difficulty of the music and learning the correct techniques so you don't damage your vocal cords trying to copy what you THINK an opera singer is doing.

    3. You actually have to have a certain type of voice to sing opera (mainly naturally loud), but there is a wide variety of classical vocal music that even young singers and beginners can sing successfully---providing they do #2: take proper singing lessons.

    There should be school choirs and children's choirs that you can try out for. This might give you a chance to sing some classical music unless all choirs have gone "Glee" on us. Some cities with local opera companies actually have age-appropriate opera productions and workshops for children interested in singing opera. Lot of these workshops are either very inexpensive or free, but many require auditions to participate. Usually they don't expect you to go in there singing an aria--a lot of these auditions will let you sing anything you want and even suggest things like "Happy Birthday".


    Try searching online for "children's choruses" or "children's choirs" and the name of your city/county/state. You may find there is something locally that you can participate in.

    Please don't mistake what you see on television talent shows as examples of opera singing. Very few of the singers on those shows would qualify as legit classical singers, and in the case of Paul Potts who won Britain's Got Talent one year, people were actually OUTRAGED when they discovered Mr. Potts did indeed have classical training and did sing in several full opera productions before he was on the show (an amateur, but they some folks thought that being less than "natural" was somehow "cheating").

    Little girl singers are appealing, but most children have high sweet voices. Jackie Evancho, the current little girl "opera" diva is developing a very bad chin wobble--sign of bad technique and that she is seriously pushing her voice to sound as mature as possible. Her fans point out that she has the best of vocal coaches (because some people will teach anyone anything for the right price) and the best of throat doctors--which makes you wonder why she would need a team of throat doctors in the first place.

    Don't mistake everything sung by sopranos or tenors as "opera". There are sopranos iand tenors in theatre music, folk music and pop. There are low-voiced singers in opera.

    I think classical music is pretty too. That's why I sing it. But really, you can't sing this stuff without the proper technique or you won't be able to sing very long at all before your throat starts to hurt and your voice starts to give out.

    Edit: I saw the added details mentioning you live in San Francisco. Your age still would be helpful. I presumed you might be in grade school or middle school since you said church choirs wouldn't take you unless you were an adult. Many church choirs at least accept older teenagers, but I guess it depends on the church and the choir. Some church choirs consist of paid professional singers so no amateur singer--no matter what age--would be able to "join".

    Anyway here are some information about opera and classical music in your area:

    You don't necessarily have to be gay to participate in the Youth Choirs:

    School will be starting soon. Try joining up then.

    Source(s): personal experience and knowledge as a classically trained singer (choral, musical theatre, and opera)
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  • 7 years ago

    You don't say how old you are, which is a pity. On the other hand, you give a clue by suggesting that you are not an adult. OK then, let's assume you are still at school. Does your school have some sort of choir? Is there is children's choir of any sort in your town, assuming you live in a town? Singing in a choir would definitely be a good start.

    All the same, sooner or later, if you really want to sing classical music, you are going to have to have a voice teacher. And sooner would be MUCH better than later, because that way your teacher won't have to spend quite such a long time getting you out of the bad singing habits you have developed. (Nothing personal - we all have them.) Could your parents help with the cost of a (say) weekly lesson?

    Another useful way to start would be to teach yourself to read music, but I'll leave that for a separate question, if you want to ask about it.

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