Acting in Plays, Singing/Les Mis Audition
I've got an audition for the role of Marius in Les Mis for my school musical. I'm in my last year and I think I'm a baritone or tenor. For the audition they want us to sing Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, which in an earlier answer you said was a walk in the park, which for the most part I can sing, but I am finding it hard to reach the note two G's above middle C, "became their last communion" and was wondering if you could give me any advice to be able to confidently hit and sing that note. (Also, do you know of any notes that the part of Marius would have to sing that go above this?).
Thank you very much,
Hi, Niall –
Thank you for the question.
You have to know whether you are a tenor or a baritone. You cannot be both. My job as a professional vocal coach is to determine your true vocal category and train you accordingly.
Marius' vocal range extends from Low A to High A-flat, i.e., one half-step higher than High G. Some audition notices describe him as a tenor, others as a tenor or baritone.
The range of a standard baritone stretches over the two octaves of Low A to High A. All my baritones exercise regularly to High A. Thus, if there is a High G in anything they sing, it can be a walk in the park. For my tenors, who exercise to at least the D above High C — the High G below that is a simple stroll.
As for Marius in LES MIZ, it all depends on the singer, their training, their manner, and the overall sound (the "timbre") of their voice. Professional productions, including the touring companies, have great sound engineers who can spruce-up the sound of anyone on stage. Chances are your school will equip the lead performers with body mikes. Using your best Pop voice — you may be exactly what they're looking for.
If I'm on your audition panel, then I want to hear your High G. If you don't access a High G in whatever you've chosen to sing, then I'm going to ask you to demonstrate that note – full out, just like you would if Mr. Webber was there and considering you for a call-back.
How close are you to doing that today?
If it's just a matter of you being out-of-practice, then get busy! Run your 8-tone scales everyday from at least Low A-flat to High A-flat. Exercise your voice no less than 15 minutes everyday, especially before you learn or rehearse the material you have chosen or which has been assigned to you. Never perform your material on a cold voice. Don't ever believe that singing songs is a sufficient way to warm-up your voice. It's not. If you are a competitive runner, then you know you have to do all kinds of stretching, etc., before stepping up to the starting line.
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