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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: 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: 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: 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: 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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