Australian soprano Rosamund Illing in Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Australian soprano Rosamund Illing will perform a public
concert in Dunedin tomorrow.
She also held a masterclass for senior University of Otago
music students last night.
The senior lecturer in voice at the University of Melbourne
said the masterclass would help the ''young'' singers'
''I talk about them as young students because a third-year
can be 22 or 23 years old, which is very young in singing
years, especially if you're a boy, because boys develop a lot
later than girls.''
A singer's voice needed to ''settle emotionally'' and men's
settled when they were in their mid to late 20s.
Masterclasses helped her career advance and she was happy to
evaluate the arias performed by the singers last night.
''My job is to evaluate that performance in a manner that is
All criticism was constructive - the polar opposite of the
judges' feedback on the ''rubbish'' modern singing television
programmes, such as American Idol.
Her masterclasses were fun, she said.
''You make it a little bit quirky so they are engaged and
their interest is piqued.''
The masterclass was the reciprocation of a masterclass of
warm-up techniques by Otago University senior lecturer in
voice Judy Bellingham in Melbourne.
Ms Illing will be accompanied by Otago University music
professor Terence Dennis at her public concert at Marama Hall
at 1pm tomorrow.