Well to clarify, my voice teacher last semester kept telling us not to take a breath at a certain place in the piece. She said, if you need to, then take a breath right before the bar begins.
I keep wondering how do you decide that? I mean, it is obvious that you can take a breath when there is a rest in a bar but what about when there isn’t. I hope some voice student/teacher can throw some light on this.
I have that issue wayback in music school as well. But, my teacher really taught us breathing techniques. We jog every morning uphill while singing ;) My teacher was also very keen about proper breathing, she would notice whenever we did it wrong. (When you breathe your shoulder should not move, that’s what she always say) It’s all about the diaphragm. We also do breathing exercise before singing. After weeks of practice, I noticed I can breathe effortlessly without being too obvious or breaking the notes.