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The book has a great deal to offer to young professionals, as well as college and serious high school students and I highly recommend it to both teachers and students. (Carol Madill, Vocal Music Instructor and Fine Arts Department Head, Wyalusing Valley High School)

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Written to meet the needs of thousands of students and pre-professional singers participating in production workshops and classes in opera and musical theater, Acting for Singers leads singing performers step by step from the studio or classroom through audition and rehearsals to a successful performance. Using a clear, systematic, positive approach, this practical guide explains how to analyze a script or libretto, shows how to develop a character building on material in the score, and gives the singing performer the tools to act believably. More than just a "how-to" acting book, however, Acting for Singers also addresses the problems of concentration, trust, projection, communication, and the self-doubt that often afflicts performers pursuing the goal of believable performance. Part I establishes the basic principles of acting and singing together, and teaches the reader how to improvise as a key tool to explore and develop characters. Part II teaches the singer how to analyze theatrical work for rehearsing, and performing. Using concrete examples from Carmen and West Side Story, and imaginative exercises following each chapter, this text teaches all singers how to be effective singing actors.

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Par dida le 7 février 2014
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The book is really clear, easy to get and very interesting. It could be more compact and with more information but it's a good choice for opera singers that want to upgrade their game!
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HASH(0x8f482918) étoiles sur 5 How to breathe life and artistry into your characters 6 décembre 2006
Par Perry-Lynn Moffitt - Publié sur Amazon.com
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David Ostwald's new book, "Acting for Singers," is an important and helpful guide for singers-in-training, for professionals learning new roles, and for seasoned performers who wish to infuse new dramatic life into their repertory. As a former arts administrator for San Francisco Opera and Affiliate Artists, Inc., I feel that Ostwald's book is equally useful for stage directors, conductors, teachers, and coach/accompanists who strive to make their highly collaborative art form appear as seamless as possible. Ostwald covers a number of pertinent topics including the foundations of believable acting, ways to improve concentration, and how to motivate a character's actions. Having judged many auditions over the years, I found the chapter on "Getting the Part" to be especially helpful to young singers who may not know how to dress for the occasion, speak to the judges, or introduce their selections from the stage. The author's "Ten Maxim's of Believable Singing" provide a concise checklist of wisdom gleaned from his years of teaching and directing. Ostwald's analysis of how directors and teachers can help their singers grow and flourish, including the sage advice of "Always be supportive" and "Never humiliate anyone," presents a pithy list that bosses in any business should read and take to heart. The text is lively, clear and well designed, with headings, bulleted points and enough white space to make the book's insights both accessible and memorable. Each chapter contains helpful exercises, summaries or trouble shooting techniques which will enable singers and their colleagues to create superior performances. "Acting for Singers" will likely become an indispensable, dog-eared companion for any singers who wish to breathe live and artistry into their characters.

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HASH(0x8f482d68) étoiles sur 5 The Real Power of "Acting for Singers" 19 janvier 2006
Par Launa Huffines - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"Acting for Singers" speaks to the problems that most all of us share in creative situations when we are speaking to a group or preparing an article or script for publication. We do not have to be singers to use the wisdom of Ostwald's mind and experience. These challenges are inevitably concentration, trust, projection, communication, and the self-doubt that most of us sometimes experience.

If you could see David Ostwald in action, you would recognize how his life is a demonstration of his work. When the groups at my seminars would get excited and several voices were talking at once in an exercise, David (upon my request) would clearly enunciate one or two words to the whole group in a tone that instantly shifted everyone's attention to the work at hand. The whole group loved David's wit and wisdom, his power to achieve the intended focus and hold it, plus his demonstration of an open mind, the will to learn and to share knowledge gained through years of a focused mind and experience.

David's whole life is filled with the qualities of concentration, trust, projection, and communication. This is the real power of his written words. I think this book will prove so useful that it will become an essential textbook for teaching acting to singers.
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HASH(0x8f482f6c) étoiles sur 5 An excellent step-by-step approach 30 juin 2005
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As a performer and teacher I was impressed with the book as an applicable tool for students and professionals. It distills much information into concises chapters. I find myself re-reading chapters in order to grasp the concepts explored. I would recommend this book to EVERYONE in opera that I know - from the academic to the professional realm. Four stars!
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HASH(0x8f488180) étoiles sur 5 Acting for Singers: Creating Believable Singing Characters 30 décembre 2007
Par Marilyn Cronin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have been a professional opera singer and voice professor for many decades. This book REALLY gets to the heart of the acting delima which singers' face. The index is very thorough, allowing the singer to find exactly the topic they are looking for easily. The book should be read cover to cover many times if the singer is new to the field of acting. (I find it helpful for each singer to ponder this question: Am I a singer who acts or, an actor who sings, or both.) An opera singer MUST learn to create operatic characters with which the audience can identify. Each Mannerism and gesture will change with each new operatic role one intends to interpret. This book should be a great help for the preparation of singers who aspire to act realistically and who wish to conquor this extremely demanding and rewarding field called OPERA.
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HASH(0x8f482ea0) étoiles sur 5 very useful book 4 août 2005
Par La Diva - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I highly recommend Acting for Singers. It is full of great tips and exercises that are helpful in any acting situation but especially for musical work. The chapter on auditioning alone is worth the price of the book. For sure I will go into my next audition a lot better prepared.
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