World-class soprano Jessye Norman gave singing advice to students
at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing on Monday.
Jessye Norman has just given her first concert in China, at the
Shanghai Grand Stage last Thursday.
Ten students each sang a well-prepared opera aria piece in front
of the famous soprano, hoping to receive some remarks from her.
The opera master told students to pay more attention to the
sensation of the song rather than singing techniques and voice.
Later, Central Conservatory of Music also granted a honorary
professor title to her.
Jessye Norman enjoys a very high position in the American
operatic circle. Her charming and powerful singing won her the 48th
Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award and three Grammys for Best
Her upcoming concert covers musical works of history's top
musicians, including Verdi and Mozart, but it won't include the
pieces from Wagner she is best known for.
(CRI October 25, 2006)