The following is a selection of recommended books and materials useful in building a professional singing career.


Career Guide for Performing Artists

YAP Tracker (Auditions and tracking program for Young Artist Programs)

Sheet Music

Classical Vocal Reprints – Sheet music store for all things classical & vocal. If it exists, he carries it. Glendower Jones, the owner, is extremely knowledgeable and will ship music anywhere, fast.

International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) – public domain sheet music, free to download 


Backstage (Auditions, articles, etc. about theater and musical theater)

Classical Singer (Auditions, articles, etc. about opera and classical singing)

Opera News (The official magazine of the Metropolitan Opera)

Musical America (Annual compendium of all things classical music. Listings of venues, agents, managers, artists, etc.)

Organizations & Unions

Opera America & The National Opera Center. They have lots of resources for opera professionals. Check out specifically their Career Guide for Opera/Artist Toolbox and Singer Self-Inventory.

Actor’s Equity Association (AEA). The union for stage actors

American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) – the union for opera singers & dancers

Singer Blogs & Podcasts

Opera Now Podcast

This Opera Life with Charles Reid (podcast)

Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano

Jennifer Rivera, mezzo-soprano

Suzanne Mentzer, mezzo-soprano