Stage Performance for Singers
There are about ten books in the world on stage performance training. Most of them are in English, but there are a few in Spanish. There is none in Russian, although the father of modern theatre, Konstantin Stanislavski, was born in Russia. In singing, regardless of genre and style, the element of a stage performance is missing. There is no normal training for communicating with the audience. It is accepted by most vocal pedagogues that it is enough to sing the notes correctly, but there is much more to do. For singers who study opera and operetta, it is essential to stretch the limits of performance, and that is why they also study acting. For everyone else, this is not necessary, because they have other tasks on stage. They must learn to self-regulate, not to wait for directional instructions.
This book is valuable in that it teaches singers to direct their own stage performance. Representing the author’s conclusions based on careful analysis of a number of successful and unsuccessful stage performances of numerous singers of different stature, it gives them the basic knowledge and guidance on how to approach and develop their show from one song to one concert. It teaches singers how to be more successful on stage, how to be more charismatic and how to manage their audience the way they want.
“Martin Karnolsky’s important new work, Stage Performance for Singers: A Practical Course in 12 Basic Steps, fills a large void in the study of the art of stagecraft that few have endeavoured to attempt. He approaches his subject with passion and conviction, yet leaves room for interpretation. The generous amount of photographs and diagrams are invaluable in grasping the author’s concepts and are the next best thing to working with him in person, which I have had the pleasure of doing several times. Dr Karnolsky is an inspired man who takes his subject to heart and, as a result, is highly effective in helping others to add new depths and dimensions to the art of stage performance. Bravo!”
Dr Joseph Curiale – American Composer, Author, and Educator