VOCAL ARTS STUDIO
O'REGAN THIELE VOCAL ARTS STUDIO
I am currently taking new students for vocal technique, acting for singers, stage presentation, interpretation, audition input and accent modification.
NOTE: Because of and during the COVID-19 Pandemic, all lessons will be online unless arrangements can be made in a large, well ventilated, regularly sanitized space. Thank you for understanding.
I have a studio in Oradell, New Jersey as well as using various studios in the city as schedules allow. Studios include:
- Lissemore Studios 495 Fort Washington Ave, New York, NY
- Ripley Grier Studios - 520 8th Ave, New York, NY; 939 8th Ave, New York, NY; 131 W. 72nd St, New York, NY
- Opera America - 330 7th Ave, New York, NY
I started out as a Country singer but fell in love with opera in college. I never lost that ability nor the love and style of singing Country, Irish and Folk, which I feel has made me a much stronger and interesting performer and a more rounded teacher. What drew me to opera was the challenge of having to be so secure in my technique while being asked to do basically anything onstage - be it running up and down steps, carrying spears, square dancing, being raped on stage (and having to sing floaty high notes immediately after - and this after three hours of constant singing!), crying, nightmare scenes, or just quick costume changes and running to the next entrance and having to be calm, cool and in character.
Our voices change as we grow older - but also from day to day, we deal with every conceived obstacle, from allergies, poor living situations, no sleep, lack of singing work, survival jobs that may not allow one to practice as often as one should(!!!) and unhealthy and excessive talking..... As well as just living our lives, taking care of our kids, spouses and aging parents. I have had to sing through so many obstacles that have come along in my life! Although, at the time, I did not cherish these challenges, they have made me a much better, smarter and more empathetic performer - and teacher!! I KNOW what it takes to get through a role and sometimes, that is all one can ask of oneself: to “get through it”. But it takes a very strong technique and the smarts and physical stamina to do so!
I am also very committed to helping my students grow musically and I insist on their knowing the ins and outs of every character and every sentence (actually, every word!) being “said” to and by each singer. That being said, the technique must be as solid as possible and the singing be as healthy and free as possible. Everything being sung must have an intention. When technique, emotion and "telling the story" and being in the moment come together, everything works hand in hand for an optimal performance so you, your colleagues and the audience have more of those moments “we live for”.
ACTING FOR SINGERS
Being a professional opera singer for over 25 years and a student of HB Studio, I combine my own experience and technique with the Uta Hagen Technique to help you come to a fuller understanding of your character, be in the moment, and be the most believable character you can be. As stated above, singers must know their translations word for word as well as the entire phrases - that obviously goes for what you are saying and what is being said to you! I work privately and in workshops; with pianists or without, whichever is needed at the time.
Singing with some of the best opera companies in the world, I have had the privilege and good fortune to coach with the best coaches in the world to learn the intricacies of sounding as if I were a native speaker of every language sung, be it German, French, Italian, Czech, Irish, Spanish... as well as numerous English accents: different Southern accents, different British accents, Brooklyn, or a Midwest accent (I've got THAT one down! :-) ) Being a student of Knight-Thompson Speech Work, I combine my years of coaching and performing with the Knight-Thompson work to help non-native English speakers learn how to physically make the sounds needed to be understood when speaking English. I also work on vocabulary, inflections, phrasing, etc.