I watched a YouTube clip of Elina Garanca, a mezzo gaining in popularity, that was shared with me by a colleague. My feeling is she makes an accepted sound, which is to say a modern approach to imitating the sound of the great singers rather than a true vocal tone. To my ear it sounds artificially dark and lacking in an equal amount of brilliance. A true tone is balanced in both dark richness and vibrant brilliance. Chiaroscuro. Resonance and squillo. If you observe her mouth and tongue position and imagine the position of the tone, they are all too dark in an attempt to artificially recreate the natural depth and back position of a well functioning voice. When there is no unvocalized breath escaping through the glottis it makes the vowel feel like it has moved right to the back of the throat and even down to the larynx. Modern singers have too much air through the glottis to have that placement naturally so they “open” the throat(actually constrict) by yawning to compensate for the forward placement their function would normally result in. That is how the majority of singers, even at the highest international level, sing now because it is how they have been taught and is even what is expected.
by Michael Mayer | Feb 16, 2009 | Uncategorized | 2 comments
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Daniella, thanks for your comment. Sorry I overlooked it. I watched this video you linked to. Overall everything is pretty good. AVA does good work. Specifically regarding the soprano, Maria Aleida, her high notes are the bast thing she does. The middle is a little muddy because she sings too down. The whole range would be better if the tone traveled through her face more. There would be more ring and the tone would have more presence in the house. Then no one would think she has a small voice because she is a coloratura. But because she lets the voice do what it wants to do for the high notes they work quite well. And with those she will be considered very good. Thanks.
Please make more of this videos!! I really want to know what you think about Maria Aleida’s high notes.