Interview: Luz Santos, Soprano (who happens to be 75 years old)

I WILL BE ADDING TO THIS PAGE.

This page will include notes from an interview with Luz Santos, Soprano. Luz trained with the Boston Opera Company and sang with the Boston and Filipino Operas. Her most famous operatic role was Gretel in “Hansel and Gretel” with the Boston Opera. She served for several decades as Director of Music at the largest United Methodist Church in the Philippines. She has traveled the world for decades, performing sacred and secular works with orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, and smaller ensembles, although her first love and primary calling has been music ministry in the church. Keep reading to learn about a special opportunity YOU have right now to ask Luz any questions you would like about her vocal practice, career, or music ministry.

My Obsession with Luz 🙂

Visiting with my Mom at her church in Bellaire, TX, on Christmas Eve 2017, I had the pleasure of watching a friend of Mom’s, a soprano named Luz Santos. Luz sang the ultra-challenging aria “Rejoice” from Handel’s “Messiah.” She sang it impeccably. IMPECCABLY. And Luz is 75 years old. She sang better than many, if not most, 25 year olds.

I was floored, frankly, because it’s very challenging to keep a voice strong as the decades spin by. Most of y’all know I’m a huge proponent of singing healthfully, along with singing and practicing continually, so that you can sing for a lifetime. Still, those of us “of a certain age” know that life’s twists and turns often prevent us from maintaining, much less growing, in those areas of our life in which we once excelled and which we want to maintain or grow. Singing is one of the most challenging practices in which to maintain growth. Although life brings us experiences that help us grow as people and deepen and strengthen our character and passions, because of the many ways in which singing depends upon muscular tone and control, keeping the voice in top shape (or any shape) requires dedication.

So, I decided then and there that I must interview Luz to learn more about the vocal practices and habits that have kept her voice so strong and agile. I wanted her wisdom for my own benefit, sure; but I also wanted to share her wisdom with my students, blog readers, email list members, and any in my sphere of influence who might need exactly that wisdom and practical advice.

That decision to interview Luz is coming to fruition this Friday, March 30. I’ve already sent her a list of my own questions and I’d like to know what you would want to ask Luz were you given the opportunity (because, well, now you’ve been given that opportunity!). So…

Would You Like to Ask Luz a Question?

Readers who’d like to ask Luz a question may leave them in a comment below. This is a great opportunity, so take advantage of it!

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