As an opera singer, why is it important to have your own website? You’ve devoted hours to training and studying your craft, and part of that professionalism is creating an online presence that you own and control.
A website in your own name, apart from the noise of Twitter and Facebook, will allow you to establish a place where you can present your work, curate performance photos, and add your music.
Your own website gives reviewers a space to link to when they talk about your latest performance online, and a place for interested fans to check out what you do. Let’s look at building a great opera singer website!
Opera Singer Website Design
When it comes to opera singer website templates: simple will be best. You will want a very clear menu, and not too much clutter on your pages.
Think of your website as a comprehensive online resume - one that you can update constantly to reflect what’s going on as your career evolves. Make use of dramatic imagery against a simple background, and tie in your colors to present a unified, cohesive look.
Right away, you will want to add an image of yourself. A professionally staged image will do nicely, as will a colorful live shot. This website is about you, so make sure your face is front and center. This could be your background or main image, or you could set your headshot against a simple color.
Place a little bit of text that includes your name on your Homepage. Talk about yourself (are you a mezzo-soprano, or a tenor?), list your most well-known work to date or an upcoming performance, and update this text regularly. If you have a good quote from a recent performance that mentions your name, you can also add this to your Homepage.
Add your social media links as well to this page, for fans who want to check out what you are up to on a regular basis.
On an opera singer website, the About page is an important way to display your career highlights to date. This is the page where the media will head to right away when writing about you. Include a long and short bio to make it easy for them, and write these in the third person.
If you specialize in a few roles and have performed them recently, be sure to list them clearly on this page. Mention the companies you have worked with, and quotes or reviews from past performances.
Add a headshot or two here as well, and include a downloadable link for someone writing about you to easily grab.
Be sure your About page is up to date and is something you’d be happy to read about yourself in a program or a paper.
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Now to show your skills! Add a music player that includes recent recordings. Some high quality music here, such as arias that you perform, is a must. A live performance would also work well to give your website visitors (or prospective employers) a taste of how you sound on stage.
If you have a CD that you’d like to sell, you can do that on this page - just add an album feature and upload your tracks to sell them commission-free.
You may want to list your repertoire on this page, especially if you perform at private engagements such as weddings or memorials.
Having an organized events page will help your fans know when they can come see you next! Simply add an events feature to show your upcoming dates. Choosing the list view of events will allow you to upload a poster for your next performance, adding some visual interest to your content area.
You can also list the information such as the show dates and prices, and even sell tickets directly through your website if desired.
To give a sense of your versatility, add photos and video from past performances. As an opera singer, a stylish photo section is a wonderful way to show off your range in the roles you have played (and be sure to credit the photographer).
Add multiple galleries, one per show, and use the modern photo layout to tile your images in an appealing way.
If you have video, this is the perfect place to put that. A solo song or a compilation that highlights a recent performance would work well here.
Once you have a few shows under your belt, collect press about them and place it on this page. You can make use of our Quote feature, or a Text feature, and link the review to its source online. The more reviews you have, the better you’ll be able to show your range of roles and your specialization.
For this page you can even go further and create a full digital press kit using our Preset Pages feature. Just select ‘EPK’ as the page template, then simply fill in the information to the features to have an effective electronic press kit!
A contact form is the perfect way to offer insight into when you can be booked, and for what kind of events or performances. It’s a means of contacting you directly, rather than being directed to social media, and may encourage someone to reach out and book you.
Add your phone number as well if you are open to discussing rates or other information over the phone.
Once you’ve created your simple design, and added your basic content, it’ll be quick to update at any time. So you’ll be able to spend more time working on preparing for The Duke in “Rigoletto,” than you will working on messing with code!
Need some design inspiration? We’ve got lots of theme examples on our Sample Band Sites page, or take a look through our series on creating a beautiful band website that works just for you. The sky’s the limit!
If you want a little more guidance, check out our free online guide How to make a website for your music.
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