Learning to Sing Between Alto and Soprano: The Heart of the Female Singing Range
By Yann, published on 08/03/2018Blog > Music > Singing > Learn to Sing Mezzo-Soprano
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When talking about the opera and the different voice types, there are a number of classifications. For men, there are bass, baritone, tenor, and countertenor singers. The basses cover the lowest range and countertenors the highest. For women, from lowest to highest there are contralto, mezzo-soprano, and soprano.
Of course, each singing voice will not fit perfectly within the ranges but each performer will try to ensure that their range adheres to the voice range required by each role. That said, there is the odd composer who will try and ensure that the singer is challenged and forced to perform notes that are on the extremes of the range of their voice type.
Additionally, there are also subdivisions within each of these groups depending on the vocal quality of each musician.
“Some opera singers are more mezzo than soprano.” Gaëtan Faucer
To avoid a few surprises and scathing criticisms when you make your first public appearance, we’ve decided to put this blog post together on the mezzo-soprano vocal range.
We hope our tips, tricks, and advice will help you to make yourself stand out as a mezzo-soprano rather than being just average (mezzo) like the Belgian author was getting at with his bilingual wordplay.
The main thing that sets apart the mezzo-sopranos in a number of works is their versatility. They are a female equivalent to baritones and some special tenors. There’s an out-of-the-ordinary femininity associated with the diva who is able to sing some of the best romantic operatic tunes, far from the stereotype of the Viking woman popularised by Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
Let’s have a look at what a mezzo-soprano is and how you can sing like one. Have you warmed up your larynx?