Q&A Part 1 - Singing Technique

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    Lisette OropesaLisette Oropesa

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    Hey guys, thanks for sending me your numerous questions! Since I got over 100 questions in one day, I decided to break up this series into a set of 4 videos, in which every video has a different subject. Technique, Fitness and Health, The Business, Personal Questions about Me. Since half the questions I got were about vocal technique, this first video will probably be the longest! I have broken up the video into time-stamped separate sections so that you can skip to what suits you, and hear my general thoughts on that.
    Since it’s best to work with a singer individually, I can’t give personalized advice to everyone that messages me online. However, I have given a mix of general and specific advice that has helped me, along with examples from my own particular routine. Everything I preach, I practice, and my singing is a result of my approach. If this advice works for you, great! But take what you can and dismiss the rest. Always talk to your teacher about any ideas or questions you might have, and let them guide you. But if something feels wrong it probably is.
    BREATHING AND SUPPORT: 1:30
    Here I go through my general breathing technique and alignment, focusing the energy in the torso and the sensation I have while singing that helps me feel supported and free.
    FATIGUE: 10:45
    Avoid fatigue by supporting from the core
    COLORATURA: 12:45
    I share some tips on how to approach runs, and demonstrate a warm up excercise. Avoid the aspirated H.
    PREPARING A ROLE: 17:03
    Tips on how to learn a role for the first time, and how long it takes, working through music backwards, starting with the most difficult part first, recording yourself; do’s and don’ts when listening to recordings.
    PRACTICING: 22:30
    Breaking the part down into manageable chunks; memorizing and drilling, working on a part by yourself; Best times to practice and how long
    PHRASING AND INTERPRETATION: 27:52
    Following your musical instincts, but also being open to input; selling your ideas to directors; feeling stuck in one way
    PASSAGGIO: 30:28
    General tips for how to work on the mix; narrowing the vowel and singing less open; tackling the break head on and not avoiding it; changing vowels to find what works in your registers; covering the sound; lifting the soft palate
    EXTENSIONS 35:00
    Building an extension, working with what you naturally have; avoid manufacturing, avoid forcing your voice to its extremes
    VOCAL SIZE: 37:38
    Aim for good vocal production, not heaviness; let your voice grow naturally; trust your gut when it comes to your rep
    PIANISSIMO: 39:38
    Major support and efficiency; A well produced healthy voice travels; focusing on building your vocal color; the healthy spin;
    Don’t put the sound into the nose; find an [u] vowel with a dome-y position; don’t swallow the sound; mouth position
    TONGUE: 42:56
    Where the tongue should be most of the time; What to do when the tongue is moving too much; lifting the soft palate; why you shouldn't curl up the tongue
    VIBRATO: 45:30
    Working with your natural vibrato and avoiding a wobble; finding the tension that causes your vibrato to be unstable; check in with your support to put the effort there and not in the throat; Embrace your natural vibrato and don’t try to imitate someone else’s

    Chapters:
    00:00 Q&A Part 1 - Singing Technique
    01:30 Breathing And Support
    10:45 Fatigue
    12:45 Coloratura
    17:03 Preparing A Role
    22:30 Practicing
    27:52 Phrasing And Interpretation
    30:28 Passaggio
    35:00 Extensions
    37:38 Vocal Size
    39:38 Pianissimo
    42:56 Tongue
    45:30 Vibrato
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L R

Very straightforward! Thank you!

Vor 20 Tage
Juliana Salazar Marín
Juliana Salazar Marín

Thankyou very much!!!

Vor 23 Tage
Danny Wade Music
Danny Wade Music

Thank you so much for this video. You really made me understand how to properly breath when I always had trouble. This information is so good!!

Vor 26 Tage
D
D

Thanks a lot🙏🌺

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소프라노 킴박사의 힐.링.타.로

따봉! Priceless!! I regularly coming back to this to remind me of things ^^ Thank u, Lisette!!

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Luisa Cochero
Luisa Cochero

Lisette, thank you very much for you help and good advices, all your classes have been a lot helpful for me, you in a master class of the last year recommend us to practice yoga and I began to practice it and it has been the best to sing, thank you for that and all, you're a gorgeous singer and I admire you a lot, thanks again.

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Star2Be5394
Star2Be5394

Hi Lisette! I know this video is a little old, but I just wanted to say thank you for all your awesome advice! I just got accepted to do a summer program where I'm singing a bunch of new repertoire. As excited as I am, I'm also feeling very overwhelmed. This video was incredibly helpful in calming some of my anxieties, and for giving me ideas on how to rehearse. Thank you again!

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Flavia Música
Flavia Música

41:41 OMG. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this recordings and all the information you share with us.

Vor 2 Monate
Luis Barahona
Luis Barahona

Me ha encantado toda la explicación y la manera sencilla de como te aplicas a tus roles y ejercicios!! cuando sea grande, deseo ser como vos. :) te admiro mucho y espero seguir aprendiendo de tus coaching sessions! hugs from Nicaragua.

Vor 2 Monate
THE EARTH HARMONY CHANNEL
THE EARTH HARMONY CHANNEL

Thank you for this great info.. best wishes to you..

Vor 2 Monate
Gene Leonard
Gene Leonard

Thank you!!! You gave the Gospel on breathing and breath support !!! Thank you❤️

Vor 3 Monate
Blue Moon
Blue Moon

She's soooooo gorgeous inside and outside and you can really see her kind heart, grace and beautiful soul! Thank you Lisette for everything you do! As a singer- interpreter and as coach/teacher!

Vor 3 Monate
aya kreuk
aya kreuk

OMG!!!! What the heck?? I mean I saw you commented about lip thrills, and then.... never mind... *cries silently i guess I am the only one who cannot do the lip thrill and the RRRRRRR sound......

Vor 4 Monate
Cuenca Records Estudio de Grabación
Cuenca Records Estudio de Grabación

Thaaaaaaaaaaaks!!💙

Vor 4 Monate
Maria Letizia Bruschi
Maria Letizia Bruschi

thank you so much for your teaching , it is so useful !

Vor 4 Monate
Alma Gutiérrez
Alma Gutiérrez

Lisette I really admire you. Thank for this amazing video!!! 💖💕❤️💞💓 I have been hearing you this last days and I have to say that now you are my favorite soprano!

Vor 4 Monate
Martin Egger
Martin Egger

You are funny

Vor 5 Monate
HOMESICK4HEAVEN
HOMESICK4HEAVEN

Thank u for this video. Good bless!

Vor 5 Monate
April Valente
April Valente

Thank you for the breathing tipps! What a great opportunity to learn!

Vor 8 Monate
Giorgio Brandolini
Giorgio Brandolini

Interesante.

Vor 8 Monate
유하
유하

Where are you from~?~?~?~?~?~?

Vor 8 Monate
ardilla roja
ardilla roja

Lisette por favor haznos uno en español !!!!! Por favor!!!!

Vor 8 Monate
סופיה משייב
סופיה משייב

Thank you Lisette you are wonderful as a person and a wonderful singer!

Vor 9 Monate
Cesar Ulloa
Cesar Ulloa

Wonderful information for young singers - Brava! Thank you for sharing—extremely valuable and all so right on point!

Vor 9 Monate
Teresa Lin
Teresa Lin

Please please keep doing this so so helpful thank you

Vor 9 Monate
Claudio Hernández
Claudio Hernández

Mujer me encantas 😍 cantas como los Ángeles

Vor 10 Monate
Elissavet Motoshige
Elissavet Motoshige

This is GOLD

Vor 10 Monate
Kevin M
Kevin M

Thank you so much, Lisette!! I especially appreciate the section on passagio. As far as vibrato, I have been naturally producing vibrato since I was like 9 years old. Never had to do anything to create it. However, now that I'm 57 years old, it wobbles like crazy and I can't seem to control it. I feel like my support is pretty consistent. I do have to be very conscientious about not doing anything with my neck and throat, but even then it seems like I'm just slowly wobbling above and below pitch. One online vocal coach told me it's just because of my age. What say you??? (If it makes any difference, I'm a bass-baritone.)

Vor 10 Monate
Dan Rad
Dan Rad

Took me 7 minutes and 29 seconds to hit that Subscribe button. I usually read comments, browse other videos before subscribing... but not this time! Thank you!

Vor 11 Monate
Dan Rad
Dan Rad

Haha I ended up being totally obsessed with Lisette I watched almost all the videos now omg I love her 😍

Vor 10 Monate
jera mulaj
jera mulaj

iam following an online masterclass later on this day with you and i don't know what questions to ask

Vor 11 Monate
TheTomMar
TheTomMar

Hi Lisette! I think it`s great that you share openly advices and tips like this, you are unique! I have a question about the extension. Is head voice something that you need to train, in order for it to develop, or is it something that either you have it or you don`t have it? My voice colour is closer to that of a tenor but i don`t have the tenor`s typical range. Should i try to develop the head voice or change repertoire to that of a baritone? Again, thank you for this video, whatever you do is great because you do it with simplicity, commitment and love. I`m a big fan of yours. Hope to see you again in Greece!

Vor year
Rayvon Love
Rayvon Love

Hi! I sparked interest in you when you took over the Met Opera page last week during La Traviata and the clips from your Violetta are so dramatically fiery and vocally beautiful. I completely respect your voice and the uniqueness of it in today’s Opera scene. Thanks for being so open about your career and singing techniques via your platform. Truly an inspiration!

Vor year
Maya Kherani
Maya Kherani

After working on these concepts over the last year, re-watching this video is an amazing reminder and reinforcement. Highly recommend revisiting this video frequently for all students of singing. Thank you for sharing these gems, Lisette! I never understood how you are able to sing such difficult repertoire with your crazy travel schedule, and now I understand that your technique really PREVENTS fatigue, instead of having to recover constantly.

Vor year
Catherine Bouvet
Catherine Bouvet

Dear Ms Oropesa, First and foremost, I would like to congratulate you for your recent performance at the Opéra Bastille, where I had the chance to listen to you in the Barber of Seville on February 4th. Your voice just filled the place, and I was amazed by how lively and fit you still seemed to be at the end of the performance. I find it very generous of you to hand out in such a friendly and informal manner all these tips about singing. I found the tips regarding the lower passagio very helpful, as I've always avoided that Bete noire, and no teacher has ever given me useful advice. Just sit in the practice room and tackle the Bete noire! You're right. Thank you so much. And thank you for your energy and your beautiful singing.

Vor year
José Luiz Engelke
José Luiz Engelke

Good wishes! How are your GRANDMOTHER? I hope she is fine! Success, DIVA OF VOICE! YOU HAVE A AGREEABLE BEAUTY!

Vor year
A Hagen
A Hagen

Exceptional explanation! Thank you!!

Vor year
AnastasiaMusicWorld
AnastasiaMusicWorld

Thank you for sharing your knowleges and experience!!!

Vor year
Beatrice Rilletti
Beatrice Rilletti

And I see that the aspiration is used mostly in the barocco music

Vor year
Beatrice Rilletti
Beatrice Rilletti

I love how you describe how your breath works at the beginning of the video and I love more when you say that everyone is different, something that some teachers can't get

Vor year
S B
S B

Hi Lisette thak you so much for sharing your singing tips! Can you please explain something about the vocal attack/ onset (opera singing). Do you "feel" your cords closing before making the sound (so you concentrate a little bit about what's happening inside the throat) or do you just let the throat "open" and relaxed and just think the sound out and in front of you? (So you let the larynx and cords do the job by themselves without your control) I hope you understand what l mean. Thank you very much!

Vor year
pattriciapatino
pattriciapatino

LOVE YOU

Vor year
Michelle Encarnacion
Michelle Encarnacion

Hi Lisette! Thank you for answering so many questions, I've seen this video like 3 times :-) I saw you a couple of weeks ago at the Met Opera singing Manon and you were just beyond words, your french diction was immaculate and your middle register is very clear. I am having difficulties maintaining an even vibrato through my voice, especially in the middle as a soprano coloratura. I just started to work on my trills since I belive that would be. Do you have any advice or exercises to work on vibrato specifically? I am asking because you have such as amazing evenness throughout your voice and your sound is always spinning, the vibrato never falters. Thanks.

Vor year
theodore braden
theodore braden

you remind me beverly sills for some reason

Vor year
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa

Thanks!

Vor year
theodore braden
theodore braden

hi lisette..how high do you vocalize?

Vor year
theodore braden
theodore braden

@Lisette Oropesa awesome job at the MET https://youtu.be/WsHeOHf6VcY

Vor year
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa

It depends, but not any higher than really necessary, so maybe up to high E or F, max.

Vor year
InOverMyHead29
InOverMyHead29

So then are we supposed to be dropping and relaxing our pelvic floor while singing in our higher register? Is that what happens naturally when we let our belly out? Thanks!

Vor year
InOverMyHead29
InOverMyHead29

@Lisette Oropesa Oh and BTW my husband and I saw you in Manon the other day at our local movie theater! We loved it

Vor year
InOverMyHead29
InOverMyHead29

@Lisette Oropesa Thanks for your reply! I focused on keeping my pelvic floor dropped and belly out at choir practice last night and noticed a difference (less vocal fatigue, much better resonance). Great point about the soft palate -- that's so easy for me to forget. I appreciate your help!

Vor year
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa

Well I think that your teacher's guidance can help you but for me the higher I sing, the lower I try to ground myself, if possible...it does help me to sing forte if I concentrate on the belly release. The other big thing on high notes is to really focus on getting that palate raised.

Vor year
gcasanovalopez
gcasanovalopez

en español preciosa,....gracias

Vor year
rosa caballero
rosa caballero

Maravillosa! Muy buenas explicaciones y una voz preciosa! Ojalá pueda hacer algún vídeo en castellano. Saludos desde España!

Vor year
Houston & Cali P.M.
Houston & Cali P.M.

Love this thank you!!!! Please make more videos like these!

Vor year
Maureen soltar
Maureen soltar

Thank you so much for all this exceptional advice. I enjoyed every second of it. I love your presenting style too. Fabulous🌹

Vor year
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa

Thanks Maureen!! Glad you enjoyed!

Vor year
Katy B
Katy B

on your first point.. you know how most ppl normally pull their stomach in in their daily life, does that mean when singing u don't do this? you let your belly go out and relax? And how do ppl wear tight dresses and not look pregnant then? lol thank you so much for going into so much detail! this was so incredibly helpful!

Vor year
Mr Larkins69
Mr Larkins69

As a baritone, it often find it difficult To résiste the urge to sing like a ténor. Which i do Well( until the song climaxes!) So I found you way of listening to different variations of the song and then singing the song my way to be extremely liberating and valuable! Can I ask you one more question? And i hope you understand what im trying to ask. How do i maintane the intégrité of the song? Have you ever gone to a concert where an artist ruins Thier own song by trying to sing it differently? You wanna get on stage and smack them because they're messing up the song? It doesnt sell ( come across )like the record

Vor year
Katy B
Katy B

Lisette Oropesa 😅 well that answered my questions about singing in corsets! but yes that makes sense, thank you so much for replying, and so fast!

Vor year
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa

omg lol...Well corsets keep us zipped in so it's something to push against. And you think "push out" so that you can build your support strength but it should only be a couple inches. Besides the belly will go in and out naturally as you sing so if anyone thinks you're pregnant they'll think that baby sure kicks a lot! ;)

Vor year
Sergio Puccini
Sergio Puccini

wonderful dear Lisette!!!!

Vor year
Michael Gast
Michael Gast

I’m a pianist, and since all of us instrumentalists are wannabe singers (or SHOULD be), I’m fascinated with this discussion of breath. It’s of utmost importance at the keyboard too. I also admire your confidence, self-possession, and apparent lack of inhibiting self-consciousness. You are simply you. Free. You sing that way, you speak that way. You surely must have worked to develop this. Perhaps you could discuss this brave journey you’ve taken to become who you’ve become. I would like to wish you a career that is always rewarding for you.

Vor year
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa

Michael Gast thank you so much for these kind words, Michael. I definitely feel like spending more time in front of a camera has helped me get more comfortable. It helps to speak on a subject I feel passionate about! :)

Vor year
Donald Cant
Donald Cant

Just found you. I am basically retired now. Have worked with some amazing sopranos and always they did what you are taking about. I watched them all closely. I asked them what they did and some said they didn’t really know. Which I took to mean, too hard to explain. The one thing was all the work is done from the chest down. Sutherland said if she felt anything in the throat she would stop singing out in rehearsal. Which by the way she seldom did She also never aspirated and was, like you, totally against it. I am really enjoying your posts. Loving hearing a young singer expressing such good advice. Thank you.

Vor year
Gene Leonard
Gene Leonard

Could you please do a video about professionalism. I mean being on time, knowing your music etc but I want you talk about ‘diva’ attitude and being difficult to get along with others and working with others.

Vor year
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa

Hey there, great suggestion! I do talk about attitude in my "the business" video, which is part 3 of this series. Time stamps are in the description box. Hope that helps!

Vor year
Eva Kiseleva
Eva Kiseleva

Dear Lisette, you are treasure))) I'm happy to know that Your breath technique is absolutely the same one my italian vocal maestra tries to put into my muscles and my belly))) Thank You so much for Your generous advices and fantastic mix of hardworker and vivid smiling lady which You are!!!

Vor year
Ncumisa Garishe
Ncumisa Garishe

Wow , wonderful. Thank you 🙏🏾

Vor year
Nalini Prema
Nalini Prema

Lisette can't lip trill

Vor year
J.J. Schlachtfeld
J.J. Schlachtfeld

@Lisette Oropesa Well if I had to choose between lip trills and trills like yours, there is no way I'd go for the lip trills 🤣🤣🤣

Vor year
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa

lol nope

Vor year
BTS정은훈
BTS정은훈

Just to tell u I love u and i adore your work ❤❤❤❤

Vor year
ΝΕΦΕΛΗ ΠΑΠΑΘΑΝΑΣΙΟΥ
ΝΕΦΕΛΗ ΠΑΠΑΘΑΝΑΣΙΟΥ

You're amazing! Thank you!

Vor year
Ivelina Dobreva
Ivelina Dobreva

She looks so down to earth. Thank you for all your advices!

Vor 2 years
Tori Woodcock
Tori Woodcock

The most helpful section for me personally was the breathing and support. It has always been difficult for me to understand that concept but when you explained it as if it was coming from the bottom (foundation) and up - it totally made sense. Kind of like how chakras are in perfect alignment, so is your breath! I'm inspired and going to the practice room now :) Thanks Lisette!

Vor 2 years
Oscar Yong
Oscar Yong

Thank you very much for all the advices and singing tips! ❤️🎶

Vor 2 years
Gloria Cid Yáñez
Gloria Cid Yáñez

Hola Lisette Querida! Podrías subtitular vídeos en español?No lo pido por mi, yo entiendo todo lo que dices pero hay mucha gente que no sabe inglés y se está perdiendo tus excelentes indicaciones y consejos. Gracias, toda mi admiración y respeto por ti en todos los aspectos!!!

Vor 2 years
Giselle Garbe-Curci
Giselle Garbe-Curci

Thank You from The very bottom of my heart!!!! So much wisdom and generosity!!! But I have to tell You that for some moments your earrings took my attention away!!!!

Vor 2 years
L Alexander
L Alexander

Thank you so much Lisette! You are an inspiration to so many young singers across the globe (I'm currently studying in the UK but am from NZ where you are also loved). I am really interested in what you said about the tongue, cause we are largely taught that the tongue should be high at the back touching in the top back molars at all times. When you said flat and down in the mouth just touching the back teeth, do you think it should be high at the back? Also, do you ever monitor whether there's tension at the root by feeling under your jaw? Thanks L x

Vor 2 years
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa

Hey there, I don't think the tongue should be kept in that high position in the back; certainly not touching the back molars. When I do that it creates that "rr" sound that I find artificial. I'm sorry, it's just not how I was taught! Perhaps with your teacher's guidance there is a reason they are having you put your tongue that high? Yes it's going to come up and down for certain vowels and in certain registers of course, but as a default setting, if you can bring the tip forward it will flatten it a bit more and not create a manufactured artificial sound.

Vor 2 years
Luz Escalera
Luz Escalera

Me parece admirable que compartas toda esta información, muchas gracias Lisette!

Vor 2 years
Ariana Kraljic
Ariana Kraljic

Wow! Thank you so much!! A very useful video for all of us struggling with the breathing problems! Loved it! ♥️

Vor 2 years
The One Song Channel
The One Song Channel

I liked the way you pronounced "bête noire"

Vor 2 years
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa

hehehe I wondered if that was the right term for what I meant but I think it came across! :)

Vor 2 years
Juanita Mendoza
Juanita Mendoza

Thank you for this video! I am a professional singer, lately making a reeducation with the Alexander Technique, because for 10 years all I've learned how to sing while cheating at my own voice to be efficient. It has always worked but I have always been tired in a half hour of practice. None of my 12 singing teachers have noticed the big tensions I had in my shoulder and throat... SO when I hear a singer like you who knows exactly what she's doing with her own body and knows perfectly what is good or bad to her, I am envious. I really admire that. I would like so much to have lesson with you!!

Vor 2 years
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa

I'm glad you are on your way to finding a better method for addressing your tension. I have found wonderful vocal "training" outside of the voice studio as well, many times. It's kind of amazing how many other practices tie into it. You getting to know your own body and mechanism is the best thing you can do for yourself!

Vor 2 years
Itziar Espinar
Itziar Espinar

Thanks Lisette for sharing this, it is very very helpful. I have seen you today in Liceu, I enjoy it so much! You have been outstanding, so beautiful sound and so accurate technique. Hope to see you again soon!

Vor 2 years
luchseterna
luchseterna

Thank you, Lisette, you are a real inspiration! Singers rarely do learn these things at school! Thanks for making an effort to explain the complicated issue of support. For me personally it is important at the same time when I keep the belly open, to feel the pelvis and low back muscles active and keeping the support down. Like having the tail bone tucked in. Some people have a hollow back position and they curl their spine and lose the anchoring in spite of having their belly out. Especially in high heels it can be difficult to feel the lower belly because the knees get too extended.

Vor 2 years
mariebellnero585
mariebellnero585

hi I have a song on youtube call he here I wont to know if I am using a lot of air in this song

Vor 2 years
Andrei Aguja
Andrei Aguja

Hi Lisette! You are my new favorite opera singer! Thank you very much for this very helpful video! I love music my whole life and I have been singing in the choir since childhood. If I could ask though because I want to achieve that ‘operatic’ or classical sound or singing voice. What are the following singers doing differently with their voices? A pop singer, a jazz singer, a cantor and and opera singer? Aside from the song choices of course although there could be crossovers but in terms of voice, how can I sound more operatic or classical?

Vor 2 years
Okebaram E
Okebaram E

Lysette, are you a lyric soprano? What is your voice fach or type? and I saw some comment here about you singing other genres like pop. I notice some times an operatic soprano's instrument doesn't always transfer to soprano with contemporary technique or belting voice. Is that true with you?

Vor 2 years
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa

Hi there, yes I'm a type of lyric, a lighter one known as lyric coloratura or perhaps a lirico d'agilità is more accurate. Fach systems are a bit of a grey area, I think. Yes I did enjoy pop a lot when I was younger and loved (and still love!) to sing it. It's true not all opera singers sing pop but I grew up in the worst of times haha!

Vor 2 years
Okebaram E
Okebaram E

Fantastic video! And I am new to your content, happened to just see this video in my recommendations and thought to check it out. Much appreciated

Vor 2 years
Lubov Karetnikova
Lubov Karetnikova

Amazing! Thank you!!!!

Vor 2 years
Ellı Koutsoulı
Ellı Koutsoulı

you are amazing!

Vor 2 years
Joao Aurelio
Joao Aurelio

Hi Lisette youre great. Im doing early music in venice now and the articulation of the larynx is very important (agilita di gorgia). Its an essential skill for the diminuitions cause as youve pointed you need it to articulate like any other instrumentist. In fact my teacher in normal exercises asks for legato. Its also written in garcias that Faster scales should be articulated as such. However its not really a haha, theres a stop in the flow of air but its quite nothing, the place for stopping the air however, for me, i feel cant be só low but just below ribcage. Its just like the trill, acousticly the throat movement creates an effect thats coordinated with breath and throat. Id say its a bit different approach

Vor 2 years
Joao Aurelio
Joao Aurelio

@Lisette Oropesa i would love both ... But yes the really recitative repertoire os really a challenge. I wrote you about this cause we were having a discussion about this regarding Rossini. My colleague mezzo has a very squillante voice and for her this kind of articulation makes the voice go to back easily. She says a Rossini specialist told her Speedy coloratura is done with colpi, which seems odd to me as its so harduous. Thkns só much hope seeing you One day

Vor 2 years
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa

It's different for different styles of music, to be sure, and there is not a really WRONG approach...as long as you are hitting all the notes! I just think that the aspirated coloratura is the least ideal. But find what works for you and the rep you are specializing in. Early music poses very different challenges from later bel canto.

Vor 2 years
Charlie Charlie
Charlie Charlie

I've had lessons for years , was told I was a baritone , high baritone , Verdi baritone , light tenor , Mozart tenor , spinto tenor , high tenor . It's so damn annoying and it's actually stifled my singing . I suppose my timbre is more baritonal but how do you actually determine what your fach is if you've been told lots of different thing ?

Vor 2 years
Charlie Charlie
Charlie Charlie

@Lisette Oropesa Thanks for the reply , TBH I think i'm happier in the baritone range, less stress and the villains are meatier to play lol BTW You need to quickly knock Netrebko and Damrau off their perch, they've become laughably awful in everything they do, Operatic parodies even . Your singing is beautiful, please don't fall into their trap and overact and oversing everything. All the best.

Vor 2 years
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa

I think fach is a very grey area and lots of singers don't fall clearly into one category or the other. Especially as time goes by, you might find that rep that suited you once will no longer feel comfortable as your voice's "center of gravity" drops. If you find yourself able to choose, which is what it sounds like your dilemma might be, then pick the rep that best suits your heartstrings and personality! And hey if you can "choose" to be a tenor...do it. You'll make more money. ;)

Vor 2 years
Shailen Abrams
Shailen Abrams

Can you do cover on one of your favorite songs? When's your next video? Can you also do whistle registers?

Vor 2 years
Aaron Pendleton
Aaron Pendleton

Breathing and support was the most helpful for me. Thank you for sharing this!

Vor 2 years
Tracy SB
Tracy SB

Thank you for your fabulous videos! I love your singing and your technical approach. I now teach at a university and I send your videos to my students to help explain what I teach but through slightly different words. I am a lyric coloratura and I sing everything from Monteverdi to Strauss. I like how you talk about singing coloratura but I believe there is another approach that is necessary for a lot of early music coloratura and is used a little bit in Mozart and bel canto (especially Rossini) as well...throat articulation. This is not an h or aspirated sound as that should never be used in my opinion but rather quick laryngeal shifts with a steady breath pressure from below. The work is not done in the larynx...rather the larynx is allowed to shift quickly on its own with the steady breath pressure from below. The larynx feels loose like in a trill. This can be heard most obviously in trillos (repeated pitches) and super quick passagework. I’m just curious if you ever apply this throat articulation technique or if you prefer the h for repeated pitches and super quick coloratura?

Vor 2 years
Okebaram E
Okebaram E

Can you provide some example of what you are describing? I would like to understand this technique discussion a bit more

Vor 2 years
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa

Hey there Tracy, I definitely think throat articulation is better than aspirated coloratura, even in Rossini and fast florid music. But there are definitely differing schools of thought; the H may be helpful for articulation purposes or for repeated pitches (though you can absolutely do a repeated pitch and articulate without an H) and in certain cases is appropriate and really up to the singer to train whichever technical approach is appropriate for them. I think laryngeal shifts supported by the breath is ideal bel canto coloratura, because as you said it's produced with support of a loose but controlled larynx. It's how I trill! :) I hope this helps.

Vor 2 years
Edwin J.
Edwin J.

Lisette, you're a GEM! Thanks SO MUCH for this. Young singers NEED to see other working young singers giving valuable advice. THANK YOU!!!

Vor 2 years
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa

So glad you found the video helpful!

Vor 2 years
Emilija Minić soprano
Emilija Minić soprano

Thank You ❤️🎶🎶🎶

Vor 2 years
Larisa Stefan
Larisa Stefan

Hello Lisette! I have a very big confusion. I don’t know anymore how I should do a correct projection. I had this teacher who tought me that from the low notes I am starting projecting in my mouth right behind my teeth and as i go higher and higher I am moving slowly to the back of my mouth where I am raising my soft palace and produce the sound there, in the back, like coming up in my head (like Lilly Lehmann’s head). I recently met another teacher that told me that no matter the height of the note, I should always sing with my throat open and produce the sound there in the back. Like, between the back of my tongue and the nape. And I should feel everything in the head, nothing in my mouth. Which one is correct? Or maybe some combination of these two? I would be very grateful for a detailed answer. Also, is your masterclass streaming online somewhere? And do you have any others this year in Europe? I really would like to come. Your video helped me very much. 🙏🏻

Vor 2 years
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa

Hi Larisa, I think it's a combination of the two, to be honest. It also depends on your voice type where you might feel a note resonating. It should generally feel like it's coming out of the top of your head and over you in a curve, not straight out of your nose like a laser. For this reason raising the soft palate does help you when you go higher. Singing with an open throat is also great advice, just don't crunch down on the throat and swallow the sound or over-darken. Modify vowels if you must to keep the sound free and spinning, but most importantly, support from the bottom of your torso. Stay grounded and lengthened in the spine. This will support the breath and counter balance all the effort you are feeling to keep the integrity of the lift in your head. Hope this helps!

Vor 2 years
lungdoc
lungdoc

Bravissima Diva!

Vor 2 years
Angela Almeida
Angela Almeida

So if the belly should stay out while singing how does one continue the support and the leaning of the breath ? The minute the stomach goes out doesn’t the Breath go out

Vor 2 years
Angela Almeida
Angela Almeida

Thank you sooooo much for the reply and clarification . I will surely work on it like you suggested . God bless you

Vor 2 years
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa

Hi Angela, It's an exercise in resistance. As you are singing, try to keep the belly expanded as long as possible. It's not easy but it can be done. It's especially helpful for supporting high notes and singing forte.

Vor 2 years
Christopher Sokolowski
Christopher Sokolowski

So spot on with the pianissimo comparison, fake vs real. Sticks out like a sore thumb when other singers just shove the sound in their nose to sing pianissimo, or in their throat!

Vor 2 years
leigh bolt
leigh bolt

love this. Thanks for sharing, Lisette!!

Vor 2 years
ciociosan
ciociosan

Prepared but neutral. Fabulous advice.

Vor 2 years
Shahrdad
Shahrdad

Can you make a video about singing trills?

Vor 2 years
J. Cesar.
J. Cesar.

I love that song!😃

Vor 8 Monate
Agnieszka Kruszyna
Agnieszka Kruszyna

Oh yes, please! 😀

Vor 2 years
SSBMsounds
SSBMsounds

I loved this - thanks so much! You are so intelligent. I found most interesting, and perhaps controversial, was the section on aspirated coloratura. I would love to hear your opinion on the extreme - the glottal coloratura (Deutekom). I found the most helpful was the section on breathing. The breath seems to be a mysterious concept in singing pedagogies, littered with strange analogies. I am not a good singer and probably never will be (I only started lessons around 18), but I hope one day I would be able to at least make an attractive sound I can bear to listen to. Never stop making these Q&A's, please!

Vor 2 years
ViolinPro88
ViolinPro88

This could not have arrived at a more perfect time. Such a relief to have answers to my technical questions during a challenging period of singing. Thank you so so much, Lisette!

Vor 2 years
chosentenore
chosentenore

My goodness! I absolutely agree with everything!

Vor 2 years
Alex.limanov.y
Alex.limanov.y

Studenti e colleghi ringraziano :)

Vor 2 years
Shahrdad
Shahrdad

Thank you Lisette! This was great, from the breathing to the legato coloratura. I am so tired of hearing singers gargling and aspirating their way through bel canto operas. Listening to you is like rubbing a balm on my ears. You and your talent are unique.

Vor 2 years
Shahrdad
Shahrdad

@Lisette Oropesa I did an experiment once where I played recordings of Callas when she was in her vocal prime for lay people who knew nothing about opera. I played heavy Callas of 1952 and 53 and the thin Callas of 1954 and 55, and they could tell me every single time whether she was large or thin, even of the same aria. I've heard the same change in other singers as well. From my understanding so far, I think you did everything right. You didn't lose the weight by drastic dieting or bariatric surgery (same as drastic dieting, but permanent), but by working out at first and then running. And you lost the weight over a five year period rather than rapidly over a year. You rebuilt your muscles by exercise, and you also had the time to let your voice and technique adjust to your new body slowly. And you also did it early in your career, rather than at the peak of it. And I think your voice type also was also a great stroke of luck. From what I have come to understand, lighter, more lyrical voices can tolerate a bit of reduction in breath pressure far better than heavy, dramatic voices. I often describe the heavy voice as needing the torque of a large diesel engine behind it, whereas a lighter voice can make do with a regular gas engine. Exchanging a diesel engine for a gas engine is far more devastating when hauling a heavy trailer than when hauling a lighter U-Haul. I also have a theory on why so many great singers are heavier, and how this physiology can give them an advantage over the thinner singer. And this would also explain why singers who transition from the lighter repertoire to more dramatic repertoire usually show a corresponding change in their body habitus.

Vor 2 years
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa

Wow your point of view sounds very well informed. I think I worked it out carefully because I lost weight quite slowly and did it during my student years, so that when I emerged from being a young artist, the weight loss was more or less complete.

Vor 2 years
Shahrdad
Shahrdad

@Lisette Oropesa There is a wonderful video of a masterclass with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, where she discusses how an "h" can sneak its way into places where it doesn't belong, and once your hear it, you can never un-hear them when they show up again. At some point when you have a bit of time, I would love to discuss with you your thoughts about rapid weight loss and its effect on breath support and the voice. I am an anesthesiologist, and I have taken care of obese patients who come for bariatric surgery, and then I see them a year or two later when they return for plastic surgery. And the respiratory physiology and spontaneous breath pressures generated by the body are radically different between when they're heavy and when they're much thinner. Of course, I see these difference when they're under anesthesia and paralyzed, but I can't imagine that the same physiologic differences wouldn't come into play when they are awake, upright, and singing. A colleague of mine who is a vocal cord surgeon and I have been discussing a possible study. You are one of the only operatic singers I've heard who has negotiated this perilous journey and emerged better than ever, and it would be great to hear your thoughts.

Vor 2 years
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa

Shahrdad I am in complete agreement! Like I said, I just feel like the ‘h’ is sneaky and can work its way into other parts of the phrasing where it doesn’t belong. Legato, all the way! Haha 😅

Vor 2 years
Shahrdad
Shahrdad

@Lisette Oropesa I know. And I very much appreciate you saying sometimes a bit of aspiration is sometimes necessary to make pitches heard in a large, resonant house, and that it is also a matter of taste. I guess having cut my teeth on Callas and Sutherland, aspirated coloratura sounds jarring to me. And I also know a few people who insist that all coloratura has to be aspirated. My personal preference is to hear the coloratura sung legato, articulated and clean, but legato. I feel I can hear the arc of the melody when it's sung that way rather than hearing a series of notes.

Vor 2 years
Angela Yam - Soprano
Angela Yam - Soprano

I really liked your section about extension. This has helped me a lot, as I am (most likely) a lyric coloratura, but my high E and F are not reliable. I feel as if I’m manufacturing them/faking them. Your anecdote was super relatable, and I really appreciate you sharing it. It’s really inspiring to see a successful high soprano who doesn’t necessarily have a super high extension.

Vor 2 years
Sophie O.
Sophie O.

Same here! Also a possible lyric coloratura, I have the same problem with E and F. The only way I can sing them is in whistle register, guaranteed. If I try in head voice, I might get it, I might not.

Vor year
Danielle M
Danielle M

This was super helpful! Thank you!

Vor 2 years
Ashley Nunez
Ashley Nunez

The shade at 40:04 😂💖

Vor 2 years
Mailén Blanco Arriola
Mailén Blanco Arriola

Thank you so much Lisette! I am learning l' Elisir d'amore and this video was very helpful

Vor 2 years

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