By - 08/25/13

Falsetto: Am I Really a Countertenor?

Pop music falsettist Adam Levine

In the past 20 years there has been an increase of male singers in popular music who use falsetto to sing their songs. Indeed, some artists, like Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and Chris Martin of Coldplay, have based their whole careers on singing falsetto. As a result, many young men today try to imitate them and confuse their singing …

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Character Soprano (8/25)
By - 02/15/13

Character Soprano: Voice Type Characteristics (8/25)

Character soprano Kristin Chenoweth as Cunegonde in Candide

character soprano’s voice is usually bright, metallic, and flexible. Though she might have a very comfortable top range, she’s not required to, as she is known first for their acting skills and second for their singing skills. This fach is called an inbetween fach or Zwischenfachstimme in German, because singers who are classified as character sopranos don’t have a set …

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Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano (7/25)
By - 02/14/13

Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano: Voice Type Characteristics (7/25)

Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano Eugenie Grunewald as Azucena

dramatic mezzo-soprano is bold, rich, powerful, and physically and vocally imposing. Most often a dramatic mezzo has the same range as a dramatic soprano, and what distinguishes her is that she sings more comfortably at a lower tessitura. While the dramatic soprano can sustain long notes in the higher register, the dramatic mezzo has more power in the middle and …

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Dramatic Soprano (6/25)
By - 02/08/13

Dramatic Soprano: Voice Type Characteristics (6/25)

Dramatic Soprano Jessye Norman

he characteristic of a dramatic soprano is that she can sing over a full orchestra and at the same time command the attention of the audience with her imposing and electrifying presence. Her voice is full, rich, and powerful, and her dark timbre can arise feelings of awe. Though a dramatic soprano is expected to cover the full soprano range, …

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Lyric Soprano (5/25)
By - 02/06/13

Lyric Soprano: Voice Type Characteristics (5/25)

Lyric Soprano Anna Netrebko as Adina in l' Elisir d' Amore

lyric soprano is liked for her warm and melodious voice. She is considered the queen of sopranos because she can sing long legato phrases with elegance and sustain top notes with ease. Due to her full voice and bright timber, she is usually casted as a young, innocent girl, and other such sympathetic characters. Just like all sopranos, a lyric …

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Spinto Soprano (4/25)
By - 02/05/13

Spinto Soprano: Voice Type Characteristics (4/25)

Spinto Soprano: Leontyne Price

young dramatic soprano is widely known as a spinto. She is a youthful soprano whose voice hasn’t matured yet but is still very powerful and has great volume. Despite her young age, a spinto is capable of long lyric phrases and can be heard easily over a full orchestra. Her vocal range extends from a C4 to a C6 and …

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Dramatic Coloratura Soprano (3/25)
By - 09/19/12

Dramatic Coloratura Soprano: Voice Type Characteristics (3/25)

Dramatic Coloratura Soprano: Violetta in La Traviata

A dramatic coloratura soprano has great power and intensity in the upper register, as well as the ability to sing complex cadenzas with agility and speed. Her timber is full and dark, and she can sustain notes in the 6th octave with ease. This Fach requires tremendous acting and an imposing stage presence. Just like the lyric coloratura, the dramatic coloratura is expected to be able to sing anywhere between a C4 and an F6, though she occasionally takes the liberty to...

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Lyric Coloratura Soprano (2/25)
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Lyric Coloratura Soprano: Voice Type Characteristics (2/25)

Lyric Coloratura Soprano: Natalie Dessay as Olympia in Les contes d'Hoffmann

A lyric coloratura soprano is foremost a coloratura soprano which means that her range extends to the sixth octave where here voice resonates bright and clear. Another representative characteristic is her flexibility and agility singing cadenzas and rapid successions of notes with ease. A lyric coloratura should be able to sing anywhere between a C4 to an F6, and some times even higher than that. It is very common to see singers of this Fach improvise intricate cadenzas to demonstrate their skill and natural talent...

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Soubrette Soprano (1/25)
By - 09/18/12

Soubrette Soprano: Voice Type Characteristics (1/25)

Soubrette Soprano: Despina in Cosi fan Tutte

A soubrette is usually a young soprano whose voice portrays her youthfulness and energy, but is still powerful enough to be heard over an orchestra. Her voice is light and bright, and has a soft timbre. Most roles won’t require extensive coloraturas, nor long sustaining notes. A soubrette’s range is generally between C4 and C6. Many lyric and dramatic sopranos start out as soubrettes before they develop into their respective voice types as they mature. This doesn’t mean that they are full soubrettes...

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Fach System
By - 09/17/12

25 Voice Types and the Fach System. What’s Your Vocal Category?

Voice Types by the Fach System

The Fach System was developed by German opera houses towards the end of the 19th century and the reasoning behind it was to create distinct categories for all the roles in an opera, as well as, for singing voices, in order to aid auditions and casting. Fach means classification, specialty, category. Singers were placed in a Fach according to their voice types and they would only study the characters that belonged in that category. Opera houses...

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Voice Type
By - 09/02/12
Kiri Te Kanawa Documentary
By - 04/24/12

What Makes a Great Soprano?


If you are an aspiring soprano, you know that constantly learning and evolving is the only way to become great. If you haven’t yet seen BBC’s production titled “What Makes a Great Soprano?” spend the next hour learning from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and other internationally acclaimed sopranos. It will be an hour well spent. I promise! Part 1 Part …

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Breathing Rules
By - 04/12/12

The 3 Golden Rules of Breathing for Choir Singers


If you haven’t yet read my post on how to use your diaphragm for singing, start there. Else, now that you know how to use your diaphragm better for singing, it’s time to learn the 3 golden rules of breathing for singing. Rule 1: Breathe In, Hold It, Sing When speaking in daily life, breathing is broken down to two …

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Breath with Diaphragm
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How to Breathe With Your Diaphragm

how to breath with the diaphragm for singing

Do you know how to breathe? Of course you do, else you wouldn’t be alive. You breathe 24/7 which would normally make you an expert in the field. So, how strange is it that you, as singers need to learn, or re-learn, how to breathe with your diaphragm to sing properly? Did you know that when we breathe normally and …

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Curwen Hand Signs
By - 03/27/12

Curwen Hand Signs / Kodály Hand Signs

Curwen Hand Signs / Kodaly Hand Signs

Curwen Hand Signs PDF Poster / Kodaly Hand Signs PDF Poster I searched all over the web for a nice image of Curwen hand signs / Kodaly hand signs and couldn’t find one. So, I made one myself! You can download it for free by subscribing to my quarterly newsletter. This is a free poster for you to print and …

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