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Opera Singing Lessons

I'm Catrin Woodruff, let's dive into the world of opera and unlock your vocal potential from the comfort of your own home. Whether you're a beginner eager to explore the rich traditions of operatic performance or an experienced vocalist aiming to refine your skills, my tailored online lessons cater to students of all levels. Start improving your vocal strength, range and tone today!

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Catrin Woodruff - Professional Singing Teacher

Opera Singing Lessons Teacher - Catrin Woodruff
My Mission

Lessons Tailored To You

Fun and friendly singing tutor based in Norwich. I am delighted to teach students of all ages and abilities, one-to-one or in small groups, and always tailor my lessons to suit the needs and interests of my students. I can help students to discover their voices for the first time, build their confidence, prepare for auditions and performances and progress through exams. I can also teach beginner musicians how to read music. I am a classically trained soprano, and have recently completed my studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Alexander Gibson Opera School.


£25.00 per 1/2 hour, £40 per hour

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Catrin Woodruff


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Student Advice

Develop Your Classical Vocal Technique

Opera singing is not merely a talent; it's a culmination of years of practice, learning, and a deep understanding of vocal techniques. To truly excel in opera singing, it's essential to grasp the foundational skills that allow you to project your voice with power and precision.

Through my opera singing lessons, you will explore the specialised techniques that have propelled opera singers from the Royal Opera, Royal Academy, and Royal College to the pinnacle of their careers.

These institutions represent not only the highest standards in classical singing but also a tradition of excellence in nurturing voices to perform at iconic venues like the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall.

More Online Singing Teachers

Discover more online singing teachers, who share a passion for teaching. Explore their profiles below to find the perfect fit for you:

Stanislava Svarogina

Stanislava Svarogina

My love for music originated in childhood when I was a member of the choir of a music school and we often participated in city song competitions, as well as in the Estonian Song Festival traditionally held every four years. I will never forget this special feeling of singing in the choir of several hundred participants. Years later I graduated from Narva Music School and Tallinn Georg Ots Music School in Estonia where I studied classical piano as my 1st instrument, popular piano, and Estonian traditional instrument kannel as my 2nd choice.

Lesson Prices:

£15.00 per 1/2 hour, £25.00 per hour

Graham Case

Graham Case

I studied at Trinity College of Music and the Royal College of Music Opera School. I have taught singing in London, County Durham and Cambridgeshire (Peterborough Regional College as lecturer in Singing and Music Drama). The teaching encompasses classical technique, song interpretation, foreign language coaching (German, French and Italian) and stage/platform presentation. With styles including Oratorio/Opera, Art Song and Popular. My students have varied from beginners to diploma standard and from children to adults.

Lesson Prices:

£25.00 per 1/2 hour, £40.00 per hour

Claire Tilby

Claire Tilby

Claire is a singer and a multi-instrumentalist who is passionate about music education and sharing her love of music with others. She is an alumni from the prestigious Brit Performing Arts School in Croydon and also teaches there. She has a BA Hons Degree in Popular Music and Recording from Salford University and an ALCM diploma in Voice. Claire is a singer and a multi-instrumentalist who is passionate about music education and sharing her love of music with others. She has performed in a variety of settings, including west end, theatres, concerts, festivals, and private events.

Lesson Prices:

£25.00 per 1/2 hour, £50 per hour

Advice for New Students

Become a Confident Opera Singer

Gain Mastery with Expert Guidance

When you sing opera under my mentorship, you're not just learning techniques; you're being guided through the nuances of operatic style, tone, and emotional expression. These one-to-one lessons are tailored to enhance YOUR vocal range and repertoire, ensuring that every note you perform resonates with the authenticity of classical singing.

Tailored One-to-One Lessons

Each voice is unique, necessitating a personalised approach to teaching. My lessons are tailored to meet your individual needs, whether you're a beginner aiming to explore the art form of operatic singing or an experienced singer looking to refine your technique and expand your repertoire.

With one-to-one lessons, you'll receive expert guidance from an opera singing tutor like myself, who are not only masters of the classical genre but also experienced performers themselves. This personalised attention ensures that your vocal skills and techniques are developed with precision, enabling you to sing opera with confidence and authenticity.

Master Classical Repertoire

Operatic singing is deeply rooted in a rich history of classical music, encompassing works by composers like Vaughan Williams and spanning various styles and periods.

During your lessons, you'll have the opportunity to explore a wide range of opera arias and musical theatre pieces, carefully selected to match your vocal range and interests.

This exploration is not just about learning the notes but understanding the emotion and technique behind each piece, allowing you to develop a truly expressive and compelling performance style.

Perform with Confidence

Part of being a skilled opera singer is the ability to perform with confidence, whether in front of a small audience of fellow students or on the stage of a professional opera company.

My teaching extends beyond vocal technique and repertoire skills; I focus also on performance skills. Students are encouraged to participate in recitals, concerts, and workshops, providing valuable opportunities to develop stage presence and connect with the audience.

These performances are not just about showcasing your talent but about sharing your passion for opera and classical singing with the world.

Join a Community of Music Enthusiasts

By enrolling in my opera singing lessons, you're not just signing up for technical training; you're joining a community of music tutors, fellow students, pianists, and teachers—all united by a love for the operatic art form.

This supportive community offers a space to exchange ideas, receive feedback, and collaborate on performances, enhancing your learning experience and fostering a sense of camaraderie among aspiring opera singers.

Expand Your Repertoire and Technique

To sing opera requires not just a powerful voice but a versatile one. My classical singing lessons focus on broadening your repertoire with a range of operas from different periods and styles.

Whether it's mastering the challenging arias of Verdi or exploring the intricate harmonies of Mozart, as an opera singing tutor I will work with you to develop a technique that’s both powerful and refined. From breath control to vocal agility, you’ll learn to tackle every piece with confidence.

Share Your Passion Onstage and Beyond

Opera singing is as much about performance as it is about vocal skill. Through recitals, concerts with orchestras, and theatre productions, our students get ample opportunities to stand in the spotlight and connect with an audience.

It's not just about performing at a professional level; it’s about sharing the profound beauty of opera with the world. Whether you’re singing with a local community or aiming for the grand stages of professional opera companies, our lessons prepare you to captivate any audience.

Why Choose Me?

Choosing me for your opera singing lessons means choosing a path that leads to excellence. Like many dedicated tutors I have a personalised approach to teaching, offer performance opportunities, and look to create vibrant community. Whether your goal is to perform with international opera companies or to simply enhance your vocal skills for personal satisfaction, I offer the resources, guidance, and support you need to succeed. Start your journey with us and unlock your full potential as an opera singer.

Unlock Opera Singers Secrets

Mastering Your Breath Control

Breathing isn't just about taking air in and letting it out. For opera singers, it's the foundation of every note they sing. I focus on developing diaphragmatic breathing techniques, enabling you to sustain long, powerful phrases with ease. By mastering your breath, you unlock the door to greater control and expression in your performances.

Achieving mastery over your breath is a process that transforms both your singing technique and the quality of your music. As a tutor, I emphasise the importance of consistent practice, guiding my students towards understanding their own respiratory system and how it influences their voice.

Techniques such as controlled inhalations and supported exhalations are core to our training, enabling singers to produce music that resonates with clarity and power. It's not just about the notes you sing; it's about how you breathe life into them.

Both tutors and teachers can attest to the remarkable difference in vocal performance when students learn to harness the full potential of their breath. This skill is pivotal, not only for opera but across all forms of music, making it a fundamental aspect of any vocalist's education.

Expanding Your Vocal Range

A wide vocal range is a hallmark of a great opera singer. I take a tailored approach to help you safely extend your range, using specific vocal exercises that target your current limits. Whether you're looking to reach higher soprano heights or deepen your bass notes, my technique ensures progress without straining your voice.

Customised Strategies for Male and Female Voices

Understanding the unique challenges and strengths of male and female voices is crucial. I offer specialised strategies for both, addressing the physiological differences and how they impact vocal performance. From nurturing the rich timbre of male voices to enhancing the clarity and agility of female voices, my guidance is bespoke.

Prioritising Vocal Health

Your voice is your instrument, and keeping it in prime condition is non-negotiable. I incorporate vocal health practices into our lessons, covering everything from proper hydration to avoiding strain. Learn how to recognize signs of vocal fatigue and discover remedies to keep your voice resonating beautifully for years to come.

Building Vocal Strength

A strong voice isn't just about volume—it's about endurance, clarity, and the ability to perform complex vocal passages with precision. My exercises focus on building the muscular strength of your vocal cords and supporting structures, ensuring that every note you hit is powerful and impactful.

Enhancing Your Posture

Posture plays a pivotal role in your singing technique. I teach you how to align your body for optimal vocal production, from the positioning of your head to the stance of your feet. Good posture when singing not only improves your breathing and vocal tone but also adds to your stage presence, allowing you to perform with confidence and poise.

By focusing on these aspects of opera singing technique, you're not just learning to sing; you're transforming into a performer capable of captivating audiences with your voice and presence. Whether it's breathing life into classic arias or navigating the emotional depth of modern operas, these secrets are your keys to unlocking the full potential of your operatic talent.

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My classical singing lessons offer a comprehensive approach to learning this revered art form. With expert guidance, tailored one-to-one lessons, opportunities to master classical repertoire, and a supportive community, you're well on your way to developing the vocal skills and confidence needed to excel in the world of opera. Whether you're aiming for a professional career in opera or simply wish to pursue your passion for this beautiful art form, my lessons provide the foundation you need to succeed.

Frequently Asked Questions

While it's possible to learn basic techniques independently, formal training with a skilled opera instructor is highly recommended for mastering the complexities of opera singing.

The cost of opera and classical singing lessons can vary depending on factors like the instructor's experience, location, and lesson duration. On average, expect to invest anywhere from $50 / £50 to $150 / £150 per hour for professional opera vocal coaching.

Yes, with consistent practice and proper guidance, you can develop the vocal techniques required for opera singing. Working with a qualified instructor helps refine your voice and build the necessary skills.

While self-study can provide a foundation, becoming a proficient opera singer typically requires formal training from a knowledgeable instructor. Guidance in vocal technique, interpretation, and performance is essential for achieving excellence in opera singing.

The key elements of opera singing technique include breath control, vocal resonance, pitch accuracy, diction, interpretation, and stage presence. Mastering these components under the guidance of a skilled instructor is crucial for aspiring opera singers.

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