29. May 2010 · Comments Off on Michael Dailey · Categories: Opera

Tenor Michael Dailey sings with Opera San José, and I had the great pleasure of sitting next to him and his companion during the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition. It’s fun to read this article about him, as I really know nothing of his background. Here’s an interesting little snippet:

“The life of a professional musician is difficult; it requires intense discipline as well as talent,” she explained. “I tell students they can always enjoy music for personal pleasure rather than gainful employment, and to consider another field of interest that may be a more suitable.”

Dailey took it to heart and switched majors, graduating with a degree in psychology and attending Old Dominion University for a master’s. All the while, he performed in local venues – Virginia Opera’s chorus, Todi Fest, Virginia Chorale.

One day, he realized he was thinking exclusively about a performance, and something clicked. “I thought, ‘What are you doing?’ ” he said. He made a decision to finish up his studies and pursue opera.

… I’m glad he decided to pursue opera, but good for a teacher, too, to be honest with a student. We owe that to our students at the university level. If they aren’t doing what it takes, they do need wake up calls.

I’m looking forward to next season, and to hearing more of Michael, along with the rest of the wonderful singers! We have at least one singer (new to us) who is a blogger. I’ll have to ask her if I can blog about that!

I am in awe of singers … somewhat envious, too, that they have that incredible instrument. I’m no singer, as anyone who has heard me will tell you. Guess that’s why I sing through the oboe.

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