Tenor Jonathan Blalock reports that, of 14 opera and concert engagements last year, only three came from auditions.
So how does he cope with disappointment?
It’s incredibly easy to fall into the trap of “compare & despair” when I see colleagues skyrocket into superstardom. Naturally I feel dejected whenever I’m “on the short list” for a role and they end up choosing someone else. But instead of wallowing in self-pity, I try to redirect that negative energy into something productive.
And how does that work?