Acting for Opera Book – a training manual


Acting as a Craft. [3029]

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Reviews for my book Acting for Opera

“Whether you are a singer or a teacher of singing and or acting, this is a book you should have in your library that will serve you well throughout your career. Lots of fundamentals, skills and tools that are real and usable. Lots of common acting sense. I love it and my students use it”.

– Carol Kirkpatrick of

My book Acting for Opera is now on Amazon in Paperback and Kindle!  You can see the Preface and Table of Contents with Look Inside. 

Schauspiel fur die Oper, the German version (link below) is now available!

“Easily one of the most important books on the subject of acting for opera. The concepts contained herein are foundational and fundamental to the craft of acting. This is an important book for performers at any level of their professional and artistic development”.

 James Marvel, Opera Director and Head of Opera, University of Tennessee


“Amazing and succinct, back to basics “how to” book for anyone looking to enhance their craft of acting.

What a clear, succinct, and great back to basics book for singers interested in performing opera. I recommend it to all who are interested in completely learning the entire craft of performing opera. What Mr. Cooley is saying could have come out of my own mouth and has many times. Acting is acting. There is no separate kind of “acting” for opera. It is definately not becoming emotional, which affects the voice, but learning how to truthfully portray the emotions so you can take your audience on a journey. After all, that is the job of all performers, telling a great, honest, believable story while taking your audience on this amazing journey!

Buy it!!”    

Carol Kirkpatrick 


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