Metropolitan Opera singer Dolora Zajick spoke to Terry Gross about how performers must develop a ‘kinesthetic awareness’ to connect with their audience:
"The audience hears something entirely different than what you feel. Well, the singer is listening for focus. You’re being expressive. There are sensations that you’re feeling physically that the audience isn’t feeling. There is a kinesthetic, sympathetic awareness that audience has if you are really using your body when you sing that they are feeling at the same time. A lot of the times the audience doesn’t realize that’s what’s happening. Some of them do. It’s a very visceral thing."
photo of Zajick in Aida by lynn lane via operafresh