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When it comes to operatic careers, many are called but few are chosen. Almost anyone who aspires to a life of singing opera and making a living at it faces a series of sometimes difficult decisions. One of them is whether or not to try for a careerMoreWhen it comes to operatic careers, many are called but few are chosen. Almost anyone who aspires to a life of singing opera and making a living at it faces a series of sometimes difficult decisions. One of them is whether or not to try for a career in a German-speaking country. For a long time, it was a given that Americans seeking operatic careers had to start in Europe and build their reputations before they could hope to find work in their native country. That move is no longer requisite, thanks to the growth of apprentice programs and regional opera companies in North America, but German-speaking countries remain a valuable source of singing jobs. Anyone who hates living out of a suitcase but who still wants a full-time career as an opera singer will find those positions especially attractive: German houses employ their singers on yearly contracts, which makes having a home life and a career a much more realistic possibility. The home life, of course, is outside of American culture, a reality that is brought squarely home in this useful little volume. Kein Angst, Baby! (the name comes from the German version of Magnum P.I., and means No problem, baby! or No hassle!), written by a pair of singers who hit the German audition trail and found gainful employment, is a valuable resource for anyone considering such a move. It will help some singers to plan their audition tours--and help dissuade others from even trying it. Included are basics such as what to pack- how to budget- names and addresses of agents and opera houses (they list more than 100 of the latter in Germany, Austria, and German-speaking Switzerland)- a guide to the German fach system (the means by which roles and singers are pigeonholed by voice type)- and a lot of things that you might not consider until youre in the midst of your tour. While there will never be a completely satisfactory substitute for having a teacher whos been there, a friend already ensconced in Germany who can offer sage advice and contacts, not to mention the free use of a sofa bed, Kein Angst, Baby! is the next best thing.