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Michelle Trovato

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How would you describe your music?

Classical and opera.

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

I am the CPO of my company. I handle all marketing and business decisions.

Describe your gear.

Make-up and hair. Occasionally wigs. Costumes ranging from very simple to very elaborate. Performance gowns and clothing for less formal affairs.

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

Being a soprano, there are at least twice as many of us as any other voice type. There are not nearly as many mezzo-sopranos, and very few truly high-quality male singers (by comparison with the number of sopranos). This makes the business exceedingly more competitive.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

The most successful female opera singers look like Hollywood stars. Even a video I watched recently of a mid-90s Pavarotti and Friends concert featured a rather unattractive woman in the role of Musetta in La Boheme. Today, that role is only sung by the most beautiful of sopranos.

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

The advice I've been given is to give 'em what they want. Be thin, be a great actress, and sing as well as you can, (possibly in that order) because that's the only way you're going to stand out in the crowd.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I was encouraged to take voice lessons when I was in middle school.

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