Workshop- Are you easily assimilated?
As we celebrate the centennial anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, it is
fitting to consider the text that he wrote for the aria of the Old Lady “I am easily assimilated” from Candide as it relates to the challenges of singers
As a pianist/coach, singers work with me for different reasons: mastering new roles, preparing repertoire for performances with orchestra, or especially with young singers, facing auditions and competitions.
With the extreme demands of the internet era, singers must possess wonderful voices, convincing dramatic skills, excellent vocal technique,
linguistic mastery, and a physical appearance as good as one that is photoshopped.
“Am I good enough?” “Will I be accepted?” Shouldn’t a singer be concerned about something else?
Brian Masuda was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He studied piano and composition at the University of Hawaii and continued his musical studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York with Artur Balsam, graduating with the Master of Music degree.
He worked for the Boston Conservatory of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Des Moines Metro Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, and the Hawaii Opera Theatre in the United States.
He was subsequently engaged by various theatres in Germany as well as in Amsterdam by the Dutch National Opera. In the Netherlands, he has given masterclasses at the Maastricht Conservatory and served on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. as well as having collaborated with the Holland Festival and the Dutch Radio.
A leading vocal coach of the Netherlands, he has appeared in recitals throughout Holland, Japan, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Singapore. With soprano Roberta Alexander has also made a recording “Songs My Mother Taught Me”
for Etcetera Record Company.
From 2002 until 2010 Brian Masuda was the Head Coach of the Opera Studio of the New National Theatre Young Artists Training Programme in Tokyo, Japan. In 2009 he was recognized by the Japanese government with the “Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Award” for his role in educating professional opera singers who perform globally and for his outstanding contribution to Japanese culture
while promoting international cultural understanding.
Brian Masuda has coached in London at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, in France for the Opéra National du Rhin Opera Studio (Strasbourg/Colmar), and was invited back to coach the New National Theatre
Tokyo Opera Studio in Japan. In the Netherlands he was affiliated with the Opera Studio Nederland and the Dutch National Opera Academy in Amsterdam, and in Jakarta, Indonesia with the Resonanz Music Studio as coach and chorus master. In addition
to his private coaching studio, he is a jury member for the preliminary rounds of the International Vocal Competition in ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands.