I consistently wanted to be a famous opera singer; I dreamt of being on phase in an opera condo dressed in a black tuxedo earning thunderous sitting ovations from an adoring sitting room only crowd, then unluckyly, our singing work seems to be stalled at our local hang-out with its karaoke night on Friday.
Instead of “La donna è mobile” from Verdi’s Rigoletto, I’m reduced to singing “Lucille” by Kenny Rogers! What made myself and others forget our opera aspirations was when I read somewhere about what opera singers do to protect their voices, then they must drink lots of water at room temperature to keep their vocal cords hydrated.
They must maintain superb posture and stay away from caffeine, alcohol, and smoke. They must endure times of complete silence to rest their voices and they must forego that midnight meal of leftover lasagna that may cause acid reflux and injure their vocal cords, however one surprising thing about opera singers is that they try to avoid air conditioner where the air may be too dry for their sensitive voices, how does an Heating, Ventilation, and A/C program create a comfortable setting for that adoring crowd that I will never sing in front of while providing an on-phase environment that is ideal for vocalists? The best answer is that an Heating, Ventilation, and A/C program cannot do it alone. It must be kept scrub to minimize any dust and chemicals that can irritate the throat, but larger opera houses have PC-controlled Heating, Ventilation, and A/C systems, and care must also be taken so that a cold air vent is directed to the audience and not on phase where it may affect the singer’s voice. Until they get this problem solved, I’m better off at our karaoke bar.