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Should There Be a Difference Between Opera and Musical Theater?

Dianna Heldman is Associate Director of Vocal Performance at The Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. An accomplished mezzo-soprano, she has performed nationwide in roles like Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and Musetta (La Boheme).

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Dianna Heldman, Professor of Vocal Performance at New York University’s Steinhardt School, discusses the differences between singing classical and musical theater selections, and why her program does not draw a bright line between the two. She also discusses why not every voice is, nor ought to be, suitable for opera, and why that’s okay.

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