So, you've been cast in your first pants role and the first words to cross your mind are: "How am I going to pull this off?" Have no fear: I'm here to teach you the ropes. I've collected all the experience that I have and all the information that the internet can provide and have presented it here for your convenience.
Hey! This site was mentioned on OperaNow!, one of the coolest opera podcasts ever! To hear what they had to say about it, listen to the clip below. Not only do they review this blog, but they give tips on playing Octavian, a pants role crucial to the mezzo repertoire.
The excerpt below is taken from Podcast #141, which can be downloaded in its entirety for free on iTunes. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone who wants to stay up to date with the happenings in the opera world. In this excerpt, Doug Dodson speaks first; the other hosts include Michael Rice, Oliver Camacho, and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Rivera! (The link/blog post they mention can be found here or in the Movement Section of the Tips for the External Issues page.)
If you enjoy this site, have any questions, or would like to make a suggestion to make this site better, please send me an email. I love to hear from fellow mezzos, because we're all in this together and every little bit helps! :)