Catherine Gardner, a Canadian soprano, is gathering information for a doctoral thesis on how women perform in opera and concert while expecting a child. Catherine herself sang Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs a week before giving birth.
When I became pregnant with my daughter, I searched for information about how my changing body would affect every aspect of my singing and performing. Finding the information lacking, I decided to focus on this topic for my doctoral work at the University of Toronto. I am currently in the data-collection stages of this research, which includes in-depth interviews with pregnant and recently pregnant classical singers in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
If you have experiences to share – anonymity guaranteed – please click here to join Catherine’s research.