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    Talking The Classical Voice

    Many times I think about something when I listen to music. Especially great singers.

    I was listening today to Jose Carreras’ “Che Gelida Manina” and it was one of the most amazing pieces I have ever heard! He was acting and singing perfectly! ( Pavarotti is my favourite in this aria)

    And now my question: What is exactly the Classical Voice? I have read in interviews that great tenors are born with it. And most of them in the beggining learn by imitating the best. For example Roberto Alagna said in an interview that he had a powerful good voice from the beggining. Juan Diego Florez learned by listening to others too. Pavarotti said that a tenor is like a flower. You can find it anywhere. So there’s no need to search in schools. So what exactly is this natural skill?

    Of course training is something they need but when we talk about World Class tenors like Pavarotti, Corelli,Domingo,Kraus,Caruso, Gigli,Juan Diego Florez,Kaufmann and many more, are they born with that Classical Voice? What is that defines a Great Opera Singer?

    I hope you understand my question.

    Thank you.

    (Sorry for the icon on the title. It was my mistake and I can’t remove it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tolis View Post
    Many times I think about something when I listen to music. Especially great singers.

    I was listening today to Jose Carreras’ “Che Gelida Manina” and it was one of the most amazing pieces I have ever heard! He was acting and singing perfectly! ( Pavarotti is my favourite in this aria)

    And now my question: What is exactly the Classical Voice? I have read in interviews that great tenors are born with it. And most of them in the beggining learn by imitating the best. For example Roberto Alagna said in an interview that he had a powerful good voice from the beggining. Juan Diego Florez learned by listening to others too. Pavarotti said that a tenor is like a flower. You can find it anywhere. So there’s no need to search in schools. So what exactly is this natural skill?

    Of course training is something they need but when we talk about World Class tenors like Pavarotti, Corelli, Domingo, Kraus, Caruso, Gigli, Juan Diego Florez, Kaufmann and many more, are they born with that Classical Voice? What is that defines a Great Opera Singer?

    I hope you understand my question.

    Thank you.

    (Sorry for the icon on the title. It was my mistake and I can’t remove it)
    I have often wondered this myself and I don't know the answer. I think some people are born with it and some people learn how to do it. I know a Russian bass who used to sing in rock bands. Then one day he decided he wanted to be a tenor because the tenor is usually the hero and thought he just had to learn how to do it. He went to a voice coach who told him he was a bass! Fortunately for us he wasn't discouraged and is now a successful bass singer.
    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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