Joyce DiDonato and The Naked Voice

One of my favorite pedagogy books from the past ten years is W. Stephen Smith's book, "The Naked Voice: A Wholistic Approach to Singing". A concept that is near and dear to my heart is the idea of "uncluttered" sound in classical singing. What I mean by this is a vocal sound that is free from [...]

Think Miss Kansas can sing? Try out these Kansas natives!

Miss Kansas recently sang at the Miss America Talent Competition. While I don't impugn her efforts of singing a much hackneyed version of Puccini's "Nessun Dorma" (does anyone NOT sing this??), I want to bring to the fore some of my favorite Kansas singers: Joyce DiDonato I make no secret of the fact that I [...]