Wednesday, December 11, 2013

What causes the Operatic (Classical) Voice to crack?

Bad Technique
And when you get on the stage and realize that one is not in control of
The instrument, a layer of fright can be added.

That is certainly true, but most singers have cracked at some point,
even the greatest ones. Pavarotti famously cracked at that Don Carlos in
La Scala, and surely no-one will seriously maintain that he had a bad
technique. I saw bBergonzi at the Met in Andrea Chenier in 1966, and he
cracked on one note, interestingly enough not a high note, one in the
middle register. It happens primarily to men, and especially tenors,
which has to do with the fact that men sing almost completely in chest
voice, which means you need athe right amount of support for the high
notes. So if you give too much pressure, or too little, the tension
(positive tension that is) in the cords springs away, and the balance
between the registers sifts, and the note cracks. Certainly if someone
has a bad technique, it is going to happen a lot more. But it can happen
to the best: maybe just before the high note a cat walked across the
stage and distrated him.

Opera L 

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