The_Voice_as_Instrument_outline_ - 3 The Voice as...

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3 The Voice as Instrument (outline) Generally, vocal techniques for different cultures parallel the spoken language – Italian opera sounds the way it does, because that’s how the Italian language works. How the voice works : Vocal cords Larynx Bronchial tubes Lungs Chest Diaphragm Breath control Diction Languages “Musicianship” Acting Movement Appearance Types of voice (Western Classical) FEMALE Soprano : the highest register ( sopra means above). The most “feminine”, suggesting a young, or sexually mature, woman. Vocal types also suggest character types. Coloratura extremely flexible and (usually) capable of stratospheric high notes; sexy and either mentally unbalanced (Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor ), exotic to the point of weirdness ( Lakme ), or promiscuous (see the vocal evolution of Violetta in La Traviata ) VIDEO: QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, MAGIC FLUTE Lyric – a lighter and more flowing voice, more in the range of a sweet or pleasant speaking voice; often the sweet young thing, the love interest, the girl next door, the innocent victim YOUTUBE: “O MIO BABBINO CARO”, GIANNI SCHICCHI
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This note was uploaded on 05/18/2011 for the course HUMANITIES 151 taught by Professor Nicassio during the Spring '08 term at University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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