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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: 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: 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: 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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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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