Best of all was Erika Person...Her natural acting and artful singing [was] the musical and dramatic highlight. Sung with vitality...a powerful emotional resonance."
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WELCOME!! I'm an opera singer turned empowerment coach, helping singers and others to find their unique voice and share it with the world. There's nothing I love like a good story, and I love helping others share their stories. But I also know a thing or two about fear and being DISempowered, which is precisely why I do this work. My personal experience of finding my voice has led me here, and if you're looking for your voice, seeking your truth and how to express it, longing to be more involved in your community or even in a position of leadership but shy about speaking in public, it would be my distinct pleasure and privilege to help.
While this all sounds very serious, it's gotta be fun. I've been stuck in miserable mental ruts, and they're such a drag. I'm doing the emotional work of changing my mindset, but dang: if you have two options for dealing with a challenge -- one dull and dreary and the other fun, which would you choose? Which would allow you to grow more & get more done??? Through a sense of play, we're able to see what's possible. And let me tell you, YOU ARE FULL OF INFINITE POSSIBILITY. So don't be surprised if I bust out kazoos, balloons, or tongue twisters! We have to connect to our bodies to connect to our voices. For me, that meant learning to endure the nausea I feel when I have to say something important but uncomfortable, or the heart-pounding surge of adrenaline when the words are actually coming out of my mouth. The build-up is always worse than the actual act, and then we're so relieved when it's over. (I swear, the day I gave my notice to my boss in NYC, I spent the day in misery, until I was finally forced by the clock to have the conversation. And when it was over, sweet relief.) Well, the same applies to singing or to speaking in public -- our fear is way worse than the activity itself.
If you're tired of short-changing yourself, or tricking yourself into believing that your voice doesn't matter, or letting someone else trick you into thinking it doesn't matter, or you just want to be more confident about introducing yourself to people, or you want to nail your next presentation at work, I'm here to help. Visit my STUDIO page for more info.
And now here's my formal singing bio...
In repertoire ranging from operetta to bel canto to contemporary American opera, ERIKA PERSON is praised for her high quality of singing and authentic dramatic presence. Recent performances include Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater on Martha's Vineyard and Edith in The Pirates of Penzance on tour with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP). The 2016 season included the role of Crispissa in the world premiere of The Rape of the Lock by Deborah Mason, co-produced by Spectrum Symphony of New York and the New York Baroque Dance Co., her role debut as Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theatre, her New York City Opera debut in the ensemble of Aleko and Pagliacci, and performing as the alto soloist in the Beethoven Mass in C with the New York Choral Society. The 2015 season brought performances of the title role in Iolanthe and over a dozen performances as Edith in The Pirates of Penzance with NYGASP, appearances as a featured soloist in Angeline and Her Tattooed Man with the Victor Herbert Renaissance Project (VHRP) Live, as Drusilla Kronensprech in Impresario Now! in Massachusetts and Key West, and as Lady Tippins and Pleasant Riderhood in Larry Gelb’s Our Mutual Friend at the Actors’ Temple Theatre, among others. Erika was also a finalist in the National Opera Association’s 2015 Carolyn Bailey & Dominick Argento Voice Competition.
Previous seasons include performances in the Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, at the New York City Center and Symphony Space, with Indianapolis Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Opera Orchestra of New York, Annapolis Opera, Opera Delaware, Opera Saratoga, and Salt Marsh Opera, among others. Favorite roles performed include Adalgisa (Norma), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Mercédès (Carmen), Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Meg Page (Falstaff), Second Lady (The Magic Flute), and Maddalena (Rigoletto).
A versatile singing actor and ardent proponent of English music-theatre and opera, Erika has performed over 20 roles in the English repertoire. She was named the 2014-15 NYGASP Isaac Asimov Award for Artistic Excellence for her work in the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire, having performed the roles of Iolanthe, Phoebe, Tessa, Pitti-Sing, Edith, Lady Angela, Dame Hannah, Lady Sophy, and Cousin Hebe.
Erika maintains private voice & piano studios in Pasadena, is on the faculty at Green Brooms Music Academy in South Pasadena and Santa Monica, and is the owner of The Diva Digests. She is certified as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC and is a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.