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SingThrough Central
Playing a Key Role in Role Preparation

by Rachel Antman



STC cast of Anna Bolena, 2015
In 2017, will you lose 10 pounds? Cut out coffee? Watch less television? It is the time of year when we make New Year’s resolutions that many of us fail to keep. If one of your resolutions is to learn a new role, however, you can enlist the support of an organization called SingThrough Central to make it happen.

SingThrough Central (STC) is a readings series for singers established 12 years ago by Susan Morton, a pianist and vocal coach. Since then, hundreds of singers have participated in these readings as they’ve learned or honed opera roles. CS recently spoke with Morton to find out what prompted her to create the series, how it works, and what she is planning for its future.

What are the origins of STC?
STC was, and still is, an outgrowth of coaching. A client came to me to prepare the role of Zerlina for her first professional gig. Although a hard worker, she expressed a low comfort level with Italian—especially the recitatives. She said to me: “I’ve never...
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