Brendon Shapiro, Musical Coach for Singers
Pianist, vocal coach, and conductor Brendon Shapiro, is quickly garnering a reputation from coast to coast as a champion of new music and opera of the 20th and 21st centuries.
He is a recent alumnus of LA Opera's Young Artist Program, where he performed with such artists as Renée Fleming and Susan Graham. He played a key role in the musical preparation for the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin's Eurydice, along with productions of La Traviata, El gato montés, La Clemenza di Tito, The Light in the Piazza, and Satyagraha. He was an Emerging Artist with Boston Lyric Opera where he served as pianist and coach for Pagliacci and The Rape of Lucretia, and will return this year for Madama Butterfly. He was a part of the creative team that recently brought the legendary "Drive-In" Tosca to life at the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, and looks forward to conducting the first fully-staged production of Omar Najmi's En la ardiente oscuridad there next summer.
Locally, Brendon has been on faculty as a vocal coach at UMass Amherst and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, served as conductor, coach, and pianist for MassOpera, Boston Opera Collaborative, the Juventas New Music Ensemble, and NEMPAC (North End Music & Performing Arts Center). Brendon holds a M.M in Collaborative Piano from Boston University and a B.M.O. from Ithaca College School of Music.
"I tailor coachings to the individual needs and concerns of each singer. Topics covered include: authenticity of language, commitment to expression through diction, specificity of vowels and consonants, breath and phrasing, using the text to aid your legato line, stylistic considerations, dramatic interpretation, audition prep, etc. I am particularly engaged in striking that delicate balance between faithfully observing the wishes of the composer and not getting so caught up in the markings in the score that you feel trapped by them. I have experience working with singers at every level of the career, and look forward to working with you, wherever you are in your singing journey!"