As an opera singer I often work with conductors in different capacities- concert, semi-staged, full opera, rehearsals etc and wonder what advice you can give in terms of working well with a conductor and the collaboration to give the best depiction of the story or what you want to impart to an audience? Thank you!
I think it is important to make sure you have had time with the conductor prior to the first rehearsal with the orchestra. Knowing who is leading and where is so important in the singer feeling well supported. Every voice is different so the more a conductor can hear of a singer the better the connection. Dramatically I think it's important to share ideas about the text and how it informs your interpretation so you are both on the same page. Also don't be afraid to ask for the accompaniment to be well balanced if you feel you are having to work too hard.