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    How the operatic tone is made?

    I'm wondering how opera singers produce that beautiful tones?

    I took [popular] singing lessons, but I don't have idea how the operatic tone is produced.

    Ps: this is more a curiosity than anything

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    Quote Originally Posted by Epicurus View Post
    I'm wondering how opera singers produce that beautiful tones?

    I took [popular] singing lessons, but I don't have idea how the operatic tone is produced.

    Ps: this is more a curiosity than anything
    Welcome to Opera Lively. I'm not sure what you are referring to as operatic tone. Most likely, to the sustained high notes that are above the usual range of pop singers. One component of it is diaphragm training, breathing training, and vocalize exercises to extend the range. It's also a question of being born with that range; which often when children are in school or church choirs, someone like a chorus master or voice teacher will spot them and tell them they have what it takes to become an opera singer. During training, opera singers will not only learn and exercise the above, but will be taught specific techniques to produce sounds like a trill, vibrato, etc. They will (hopefully) learn to read music, they will be given diction and language lessons, acting lessons, etc. It's long and difficult training and it takes daily exercises.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Epicurus View Post
    I'm wondering how opera singers produce that beautiful tones?

    I took [popular] singing lessons, but I don't have idea how the operatic tone is produced.

    Ps: this is more a curiosity than anything
    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Welcome to Opera Lively. I'm not sure what you are referring to as operatic tone. Most likely, to the sustained high notes that are above the usual range of pop singers.
    And of course to the sustained low notes of basses and baritones

    Welcome to Opera Lively Epicurus!
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    When I studied classical singing, I was told that singing is sustained speech. I was taught how to sustain a line of music on breath with relaxed vocal apparatus. I was taught how to produce the purest vowel sounds possible and to minimize consonants, except so as to make words understandable. Projecting the voice was another aspect. Having seen and heard many operatic singers over MANY years, I suspect that these aspects still constitute the basics. Listen to the best around today and analyze their voice production. Then note how the basics are used to color the voice and to use it for the expression of various emotions. Fascinating stuff.

    And welcome to this little site of folks who are addicted to opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Epicurus View Post
    I'm wondering how opera singers produce that beautiful tones?...
    I take a shower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I take a shower.
    And many are gratified by this, I'll wager!

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    I don't know. Some say my singing is not operatic, not beautiful and not a tone to be heard.

    Actually everyone says that.

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    I was referring to the ... sanitary ... aspects of showering, Clayton.

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    well it's a trade off

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    unfortunately, I've had to settle for looking good.

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    This is a very entertaining thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    unfortunately, I've had to settle for looking good.
    Well at least you've got that much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    This is a very entertaining thread.
    OP never came back though
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    OP never came back though
    Would you? A casual read through of this thread (and several of my own posts elsewhere) would raise some serious questions about sanity ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    Would you? A casual read through of this thread (and several of my own posts elsewhere) would raise some serious questions about sanity ...
    Hehe, is Opera Lively's course humor frightening off newcomers?

    Wait until they read all my cough cough assets cough cough jokes!
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