Acting in Plays, Singing/singing type??
I have never sang professionally (not even in a play or in a choir) and I have never taking any sort of classes, but I really love singing.
however my question is how do I know what kind of singing type I sing??
I started mimicking opera a few years ago because I have a very southern twang and if I try to sing pop songs it comes out very country.
Anyway I know there's like umm.. baritone, and soprano, and mezzo...but I don't know if those are actual labels as to the type of voice I have??
I sing very similar to the way Tarja sings in the band "Nightwish"...(their music from early 2000s, not 2012+ because that's a different singer)
Does this make any sense and could you maybe point me into the direction of a website or something? haha!
Hi, Desirai --
Thank you for the question.
I watched Tarja Turunen’s video of “Sleeping Sun”. In this song, she covers a range of two octaves extending from Low A (A3) to High A (A5).
Your question refers to a vocal category (or vocal fach). Women who typically sing within this range are mezzo-sopranos.
As a professional vocal coach and singing teacher, my job is to first identify your true vocal category. Based on this one example from Tarja, it’s possible that you may also be a mezzo-soprano. Since you have had no formal training, it’s also possible that you may have a higher upper register than does Tarja. If so, then that would place you in the soprano category -- possibly a voice-type referred to as a “dramatic soprano”. It’s also possible that you might have a lower and stronger extension than does Tarja. If so, then that would place you into the category referred to as “contralto”.
Keep in mind that an accurate determination of your true vocal category does not involve a microphone and state-of-the-art sound equipment.
Check out the YouTubes below. These three women are among the most celebrated opera singers in the world. Each one of them is a perfect example of a particular vocal fach. Notice the similarities, notice the differences - notice the energy they have in common.
Marie Nicole Lemieux (Contralto) - “Voi, che sapete” (Le nozze de Figaro) - Mozart
Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo-Soprano): "Una voce poco fa" (The Barber of Seville) - Rossini
Anna Netrebko (Soprano): "O Mio Babbino Caro" (Gianni Schicchi
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