To promote an approach to singing and vocal pedagogy based on the natural function of the human voice.
To promote a philosophy of singing and teaching based on the concept of empowering the singer and strengthening their innate vocal and musical instincts.
To promote an approach to pedagogy based primarily on the observation of the great singers of all genres.
New York Vocal Intensive Guest Artists
Barbara Dever “Working on vocal technique with Michael Warren for more than 30 years has provided me with a 25 year career at the Metropolitan Opera and the opportunity to sing leading roles with major opera companies throughout the world. The highlights of my career were the opportunities to sing with Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo. If I hadn’t worked with Mike Warren and been vocally ready when the chance came, these performances would only have been a dream. I still work with Mike and find extreme joy in being able to sing even now in my mid 60’s. There is no end to this joy of singing!”
Molly Fillmore “I first worked with Michael Warren in my early twenties, he helped me so much, and shortly after that time, I landed my big career breakthrough: a ‘fest’ position at the Oper Der Stadt Köln (Cologne Opera). I didn’t see Mike for a long time after that, but last summer, after seeing one of his workshops advertised, I contacted him and started taking lessons (via Zoom). Not only have I been thrilled with the results in my own voice, but I quickly saw improvements in my students’ voices as well. I am so glad to be studying with Mike on a regular basis again!”
Brett Polegato “I had been singing professionally for 25 years before I started working with Michael Warren. Thanks to him I was able to continue my artistic and technical journey. We had only been working together a few months when I was asked by Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin to sing Amfortas in Parsifal. I prepared the role with Mike and because of this performance, I made my Met debut in 2019 at the age of 51.” Update from Brett: “I’m so thankful for all the work I’ve done with Mike over the last couple of years. I never thought my voice could feel this young again. It’s a real joy to sing these days.”
Marianne Bindig “When I found Michael Warren, the most important journey in singing began for me. During my career I had nodules 3 times and a hemorrhaged cord. My voice is now stronger than ever and more capable than I ever dreamed it could be. I can sing an aria, a Mahler song, or my favorite jazz standard and feel no vocal fatigue. Now I am also capable of helping my students in the most meaningful ways to gain the same skills, and I’m stepping out as a soloist again. It’s never ever too late!”
Lianne Marie Dobbs “As a professional musical theatre actress and contemporary ‘belter’, performing 8 shows a week can be particularly taxing – but thanks to my work with Michael Warren, my voice is consistently healthy and keeps improving! When I bring a new challenge to a lesson, be it the music of Patsy Cline, Motown, or Jerry Herman classics, I’m EXCITED by how we can develop my range to achieve an honest sound in the style. In the past two years, I’ve been asked to sing the big ‘power ballads’ alongside acclaimed Broadway stars, and the audience response to my performances has been overwhelming!”
Anthony Whitson-Martini “From my experiences at the Academy of Vocal Arts and a performance heavy undergrad program, I can confidently say that Dr. Warren’s intensive provides the OPTIMAL environment for practicing the best quality in singing. His pedagogical methods are affirming, precise, and provide the most optimal and efficient tools to allow the voice to grow and flourish in its more visceral and natural way.”
Dr. John Craig Johnson “Thanks to concepts and skills I gleaned from attending four of Dr. Warren’s intensives, in the last nine years 17 of my students have won 40 awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (including 10 first-place wins). Many others have won prizes in NATS and other competitions. Dr. Warren’s vocal intensives are intense transformational experiences that serve both singers and pedagogues.”
Belting is good for your opera singing only if you are belting correctly.
Singing opera is good for your belting only if you are singing correctly.