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    Higgenbottom's Messiah is all male, using trebles for the soprano parts. Very nice, although I still don't care for the countertenors, so i gave the set away. Also "Rejoice Greatly" is pretty nice sung by a good tenor.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Not sure why I posted the bit above (maybe thought I was posting to a different thread), but here is another article on the same topic as the opening post:
    http://dropera.blogspot.co.uk/2012/0...ers-heres.html
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Not sure why I posted the bit above (maybe thought I was posting to a different thread), but here is another article on the same topic as the opening post:
    http://dropera.blogspot.co.uk/2012/0...ers-heres.html

    Re: Child Opera Singers

    One give-away that Glenn Winters is correct is that every child opera singer I've seen - and I only ever see them by accident - is because these wannabes are not fully physically developed, they must sing using microphones. Not to mention that their pee wee voices and stylistic mannerisms make me cringe. Give me a break!!

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    One exception being Beverly Sills, though had she not done this would her voice have been even greater?

    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    One exception being Beverly Sills, though had she not done this would her voice have been even greater?

    There used to be a video clip on YouTube with the beginnings of Diana Damrau's career, from singing in middle school to her current stratospheric level of quality. I can't find it any longer. Her first attempts were pitiful, all wrong, off-pitch, cringe-worthy. And then, she goes through two decades of training... and gets to be one of the best opera singers in the world. Opera is tough and requires hard work.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    ...Opera is tough and requires hard work.
    I view it to be on the same level as Olympic sports.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Here's another child soprano -- though her career path took her (very successfully) to musicals.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Here's another child soprano -- though her career path took her (very successfully) to musicals.

    Ended up losing her voice though.
    Natalie

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    Aw, dear Julie.

    I was that child that watches Mary Poppins every week.

    To this day I can still say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious backwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Ended up losing her voice though.
    Botched surgery, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    Aw, dear Julie.

    I was that child that watches Mary Poppins every week.

    To this day I can still say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious backwards.
    I used to be able to write it in Pitman's shorthand. We had a wonderful teacher who would ask us for long words so she could demonstrate. Another was 'antidisestablishmentarianism' but she wasn't sure about the pronunciation of 'Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysili ogogogoch' so didn't attempt it. Pitman's is all about sound and not spelling.

    Sorry OT
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    Aksel is recording again.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    Aksel is recording again.

    Bit of a race, I would think, before his voice breaks! But he is definitely sounding more solid.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Bit of a race, I would think, before his voice breaks!
    Yes, they need to make that decision pretty quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    Yes, they need to make that decision pretty quickly.
    They? Perhaps Aksel would prefer making that decision himself, or rather not making that decision.
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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