Few people, other than singers themselves, understand the daily psychological conflicts that make up the singer's worldchallenges unique to those who carry their instrument in their own body.
Singers must deal with crises of vocal health and self-doubt, take criticism over every aspect of their appearance, and endure the stereotypes of the "diva" label, all while communicating the most profound human emotions through their music. And while music schools do much to prepare voice majors technically, they often look past the inner turmoil that is an unavoidable part of the singer's life.
The Singer's Ego is a groundbreaking book that explores the serious issues singers face, issues with profound implications for both singers and their teachers.
This book is divided into two parts: "The Inner World," which covers all of the emotional and personal issues involved with singing, and "The Outer World," which addresses questions of public perception and performance. At the end of each chapter, Eustis includes a section called "Further Exploration" that is filled with introspective exercises. Sensible suggestions abound, and the appendices provide helpful advice for "Working with Beginning Singers" and "Working with Conductors."