I'm interested to read many of the 'recommendations' made on this forum about your voice, what you should do and what you shouldn't do, from contributors whose vocal coaching pedigrees are unclear (at least to me).
A word of caution if I may?
Listen particularly to your teacher(s) who obviously know you and your voice, your personality, and most of all your ambitions as a singer.
I have been lucky enough in my life to have worked with many fine singers, conductors and instrumentalists - Rattle, Barbirolli, Previn, Janet Baker, Barbara Bonney, Jessye Norman, Brendel, Menuhin, Oistrakh (Igor) - the list is extensive. I learned a great deal from these musicians, both as performers, but also as people.
What a surprise to see two others posts about me!
RUREF, I continue to looking for others references, others voices in this "old (but very precious) school", like Babara Hendrix, Marilyn Horne or Joan Sutherland. I've so much to discover!
I work with two voice teachers. The first one is my private teacher, I work with her for 3 years, the second one is my teacher in the conservatory who doesn't know my voice so well because I'm in her class for 1 year. The first one has a very healthy approach of singing and gives me self-confidence in me and in my voice; the second, it's all the contrary!! She is very hard and violent in her words. I must stop studying with her or go in another conservatory!
You have worked with sooo many great artists! Can I ask you what you did ? You're very lucky!
Thanks for your kind posts and to help me to improve my music culture!
And Joyce DiDonato is on the list of Hall of Fame!! Yeeeaaaahhh!!!^^
Hello again Ladroldedame
You ask what I did to work with so many high level performers.
For over 33 years I played the violin in symphony orchestras, and in an opera company.
Not the best paid work, (compared to lawyers doctors, dentists and high flying executives) but immensely enjoyable.
Wow! Playing in an opera company or singing in an opera choir (one of my wish!), it has to be very thrilling! Money insn't important when we have such a powerful work!
Money is important, always, but, on certain absorbing occasions, we may neglect it.
I hope, soon, your dreams may come true. (Ainsi, on peut parler, un jour, pour l'incroyable destin d'une nouvelle diva).