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Valdis J.
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Hi, I am Valdis! My motto is "teach as you have been taught". This is how belcanto school survived until nowadays. I spent 17 years of my life studying and singing in Italy before moving to the US. In my opinion, there are two main teachers in every singer's life: the singer himself and the stage. My goal is to teach how to listen to yourself giving the right tools in order to make a singer independent and professionally auto sufficient. Simplicity and naturalness are the keys: these are the principles applied when I was learning and I am trying to continue this tradition without any alteration. I am a professional opera singer with more than 60 roles in my repertoire (mostly principal). I performed in more than 70 theaters in more than 20 countries: La Scala di Milano, Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Theater an der Wien, Spoleto Festival USA and many others. I have a master's degree from Conservatorio Boito di Parma, Italy. Currently, I am pursuing a DMA degree at UC Santa Barbara. My specialization is Italian music. As a teacher, I have primarily taught to young opera singers. However, I have some singing students as well. As an active singer, I know the inside of the theaters and the repertoire: you can prepare an entire role with me or prepare an audition.
About Valdis J.

I am an internationally acknowledged opera singer who is specialized in Italian repertoire. I have sung at Teatro alla Scala, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, NCPA in Beijing, Theater an der Wien in Vienna and many others. I have more than 50 principal roles in my repertoire. I have spent 17 years in Italy, where I got my MM at Conservatorio Boito di Parma. Currently, I am pursuing a DMA degree at UC Santa Barbara. Singing is a very delicate discipline. We cannot see what we actually do in order to sing. There are many various schools of singing with different kinds of philosophy. However, my core idea in teaching is: if you have succeeded, teach as you have been taught. It is really astounding how little vocal technique and singing teaching have changed in the last almost 200 years (considering 1829 a starting point, when the “new” type of singing with chest voice use has been introduced). When a baby learns to walk, it happens definitely not because an adult (a supervisor) explains how to use muscles in order to move, but because of a natural imitation and as a result of a personal research of a balance. This is exactly the same concept I use in teaching singing: giving the space for a personal research, giving examples and not overloading with useless (even if true) information. The second step in a development of a singer is the awareness in singing: once a student has learned a determined element (imitating or as a result of personal research), he can analyze precisely his actions: he will be able to say exactly what is happening technically and how it can be achieved. This type of information is vital and necessary only in this phase and not before. In conclusion, it is very important to remember that singing is art, and as such it has to appear natural and non-technical. However, the technique is crucial in singing and must been taught, but when it becomes invisible in a final product, the goal is truly achieved.

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Teaches Intermediate, Advanced

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Teaching since 2015

Education

DMA in Voice Performance

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Teaches ages 20+

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Speaks English, Italian, Latvian, Russian

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Valdis J.
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Hi, I am Valdis! My motto is "teach as you have been taught". This is how belcanto school survived until nowadays. I spent 17 years of my life studying and singing in Italy before moving to the US. In my opinion, there are two main teachers in every singer's life: the singer himself and the stage. My goal is to teach how to listen to yourself giving the right tools in order to make a singer independent and professionally auto sufficient. Simplicity and naturalness are the keys: these are the principles applied when I was learning and I am trying to continue this tradition without any alteration. I am a professional opera singer with more than 60 roles in my repertoire (mostly principal). I performed in more than 70 theaters in more than 20 countries: La Scala di Milano, Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Theater an der Wien, Spoleto Festival USA and many others. I have a master's degree from Conservatorio Boito di Parma, Italy. Currently, I am pursuing a DMA degree at UC Santa Barbara. My specialization is Italian music. As a teacher, I have primarily taught to young opera singers. However, I have some singing students as well. As an active singer, I know the inside of the theaters and the repertoire: you can prepare an entire role with me or prepare an audition.
About Valdis J.

I am an internationally acknowledged opera singer who is specialized in Italian repertoire. I have sung at Teatro alla Scala, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, NCPA in Beijing, Theater an der Wien in Vienna and many others. I have more than 50 principal roles in my repertoire. I have spent 17 years in Italy, where I got my MM at Conservatorio Boito di Parma. Currently, I am pursuing a DMA degree at UC Santa Barbara. Singing is a very delicate discipline. We cannot see what we actually do in order to sing. There are many various schools of singing with different kinds of philosophy. However, my core idea in teaching is: if you have succeeded, teach as you have been taught. It is really astounding how little vocal technique and singing teaching have changed in the last almost 200 years (considering 1829 a starting point, when the “new” type of singing with chest voice use has been introduced). When a baby learns to walk, it happens definitely not because an adult (a supervisor) explains how to use muscles in order to move, but because of a natural imitation and as a result of a personal research of a balance. This is exactly the same concept I use in teaching singing: giving the space for a personal research, giving examples and not overloading with useless (even if true) information. The second step in a development of a singer is the awareness in singing: once a student has learned a determined element (imitating or as a result of personal research), he can analyze precisely his actions: he will be able to say exactly what is happening technically and how it can be achieved. This type of information is vital and necessary only in this phase and not before. In conclusion, it is very important to remember that singing is art, and as such it has to appear natural and non-technical. However, the technique is crucial in singing and must been taught, but when it becomes invisible in a final product, the goal is truly achieved.

Levels taught

Teaches Intermediate, Advanced

Teaching since

Teaching since 2015

Education

DMA in Voice Performance

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 20+

Speaks

Speaks English, Italian, Latvian, Russian

Speaks

Has background check

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Jan 2021 - Feb 2021
Opera de Oviedo, Spain
Directed by Yoshi Oida. Videos are available on YouTube.
Tonio in I Pagliacci/Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana
Oct 2020 - Oct 2020
Slovenian National Opera
Role debut as Tonio. Video available on YouTube
DMA in Voice Performance
Oct 2019
UCSB
MM in singing
Oct 2008 - May 2013
Conservatorio Arrigo Boito di Parma, Italy
English
Professional Proficiency
Italian
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Latvian
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Russian
Fluent/ Native Proficiency

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