Opera/opera role


Hi I am very curious to know why some dramatic sopranos
tend to stay away from roles like Elektra? I have heard
that the orchestra score is grand but is the role that
taxing on the voice? How so?

Hi Feliciano,

Strauss's music usually has a higher tessitura than traditional "dramatic" roles (Wagner, etc.)  So you do need to have a large enough voice to cut through the orchestra but you also need to be able to handle the higher tessitura.  So most truly dramatic sopranos would not be comfortable with the tessitura.  With Strauss you need the thrilling, brilliant high notes.

Hope this helps,




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Questions on Opera performance, repertoire, vocal technique, acting for opera. I have some 20 years experience in opera in both leading roles and chorus. I have sung with New York City Opera since 1981. I have studied voice in NYC for over 20 years and have also taught technique and coached singers in acting.

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