Opera News Awards 2.0

- The Oscars of the Opera World - The end of the annual opera season means the beginning of summer opera festivals. But before we get to those, it's time for opera galas. I had the pleasure of attending the Opera News Awards for the second time...

read more

Governed by Passion

Stage Director, writer, actor & librettist Brittany (Bea) Goodwin on entering the opera world by accident and the adventures that ensued.  I first met the brilliant Brittany Goodwin in 2017 while visiting one of her staging rehearsals of "Orlando"...

read more

The Future of Opera

Layla J. Felder on being an opera buff at fourteen years old. “Opera is everywhere for me. When I was still inside my mom, she would put headphones on her stomach and play Mozart to me through them because she heard it makes your kids smart… so eventually,...

read more

THE BEST OF HAIR 2018

People often ask me for my hair care routine….. it’s all about my tools and using high quality products that keep my hair looking healthy. On both sides of my family, everyone seems to have a lot of hair! I'm positive my genetics play a huge...

read more

Golden Age of Opera…

Vintage fashion especially from the 1960s is all about the details. Anyone can wear a little black dress but not everyone can find one as chic as this beautiful high quality satin sheath dress. This dress features a petal skirt which is asymmetrical and beautiful details on the straps fit for Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi, Anna Moffo, Virginia Zeani or any of the great glamorous divas of the 1960s.

read more

Blood Harmony

The Costa-Jackson Sisters on family and doing it their way. 360° of Opera regulars might recall the #360ontheroad adventures in Europe this past summer, when Marina Costa-Jackson took over during her run as Micaëla in Carmen at Opéra Bastille, and later...

read more

FROM CUBA, WITH LOVE. AND SASS.

Liz Cab on life, career and being a woman. New York City was lucky to have Elizabeth Caballero around this past Fall. While working at The Metropolitan Opera and singing Carmina Burana at David Geffen Hall were her main engagements, she took...

read more

Keep the Drama at the Bottom

Dressing for a large size venue can be tricky. Often, what looks fabulous up close doesn’t read well from the back of the house. Not to toot my own horn (toot toot), but I am an expert on gowns having worn many of them in concert format and helping countless singers...

read more

The Importance of Being Selfish

Selfishness is generally perceived as a terrible way to operate within society. To do what we do as singers, there are certain sacrifices that come with the territory as performers. My top three reasons for being selfish as a singer are:      •Better Relationships.  ...

read more

5 TIPS TO STARTING OVER

As singers, we all come to a point where we need a change! In the past 4 years since starting Opera Diva Dress Collection, I cannot begin to tell you how much has changed. While I am the same person, I’ve grown so much as a woman transitioning from being solely a...

read more

Let’s Talk: Your Voice and PMS

I refuse to sing during that time of the month. Just kidding, I really like getting a paycheck, but wouldn’t it be nice to just take a day or a whole week off to avoid the fuzziness of my vocal folds during the dreaded visit of Aunt Flow?  Well, that is...

read more

Opening Night Gala at the Metropolitan Opera: It’s not a ballgown

The weather was obscenely hot for a September night feeling like we were in South Florida rather than NYC so, I took that into consideration when planning my outfit for The Metropolitan Opera Gala. Even though my business started off as a Facebook group to buy/rent gowns, I’m feeling pretty uninspired by formal gowns these days. More important, an evening where I’d be sitting… the thought of boning pursing into my body or sitting in Spanx for several hours in heat clinging and rolling all over the place…. YA NO!

For this performance, I planned my outfit around my accessories….

read more

Ginger Costa-Jackson at Opéra Garnier

Back in July when I started this #360ontheroad adventure, I met Marina Costa-Jackson at Opéra Bastille for her run as Micaëla in Carmen. Somehow the planets aligned and I ended up being in Paris to wrap up the trip at the same time her mezzo-soprano sister, Ginger...

read more

Ace of Lace

Last year, lace topped the list as one of the biggest trends we saw in audition wear. Kim and our friend, Morgan from Wolf Trap Opera, commented on the prevalence of lace (especially in white) and jumpsuits popping up in their annual tour of auditions last fall.   If...

read more

Be a Friend

Guide to being friends with singers who might be your “competition.” Once upon a time, Renata Tebaldi, responding to a claim that Callas made accusing her of having no backbone, said that Maria had no heart. Callas, allegedly said comparing her rival’s voice was “like...

read more

Could your IUD be changing your voice?

Photo of Kaleigh Gamaché's healthy vocal folds used with her permission Vindhya Khare, D.M.A. Coordinator of Vocal Studies Florida International University, Miami Could your hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) have the potential to change your...

read more

Let’s talk: IUDs

IUDs (Intrauterine Devices) have been the cause of much discussion on ODDC. Everyone seems to have similar concerns and questions about them, so here is some basic info, and a summary from our discussions in the forum. IUDs are Long-acting reversible...

read more

Let’s Talk: IUD Q & A

IUDs are a commonly discussed topic on ODDC, so we put out feelers for someone who could give us a  bit more insight into the general questions about IUDs. We asked Leslie Bullock who worked at Planned Parenthood as a medical assistant to give us a bit...

read more

Safe to Sensational

Our shoot with dear friend, beautiful soprano, and Shoperatic.com website designer/developer Maya Kherani was such a breeze that we finished our scheduled look in record time and found ourselves with time for one more outfit. The camera just LOVES this girl! Maya had...

read more

Marina Costa-Jackson in Paris

“I think all singers end up meeting each other at some point, don’t you think?” Indeed, Marina and I have lots of friends in common since we both spent many years studying in Philadelphia. When I was looking ahead at what was happening in the opera world in the...

read more