Voice Types: What They Are and How to Classify May 16, 2018 8:31:52 GMT | To Top Baronessa, gillianlouise, and 1 more like this
Post by IhateMana on May 16, 2018 8:31:52 GMT
Are exceptions to the lack of dramatic/lyric/coloratura + more obscure classic terminology made for more unusual vocal subtypes, like Sebastian Bach (a spinto tenor if ever I've heard one, his tessitura is obscene) + individuals like Darren Hayes, who has the operatic training to sing (+ be a) leggerio countertenor alongside Pavarotti?
and one-offs like Diamanda Galàs, who can pass for a wide range of vocal types, both male and female?
Or is this just one of too many questions like it posed by new Range Placers that make the longtime members of this site do a bit of molar-gnashing?
Apropos of nothing, I enjoy the voice-type wordplay made by the architects of some threads a bit -too- much.
As soon as I saw "The God of Fuck", "Bleed the Tenor", and "Can't Keep His Fourth Octave Boner Down", I knew I'd found a place where I wanted to belong. :-)
This sounds like another misconception of our use of "voice types", which are not used in the same way they are in opera. Our voice types refer way more specifically to the physical characteristics of the voice, and we use only the base fachs for a very simple reason: nearly none of our singers are opera singers; contemporary music doesn't really follow the same rules.
A tenor with a weird placement like, supposedly Sebastian Bach in your example (idk what he sounds like so i'm taking your word) is still a tenor. Singers that actually are opera singers like Pavarotti can have that mentioned in the bio (or as the voice type assuming the owner wants to forfeit a little creative freedom) but we'd still think of them as "tenors" cause under the training that's still what they are.
This last part is basically just a fun fact, cause I have her thread and no one else talks about her, Diamanda is a classically trained operatic soprano (wikipedia lists her as a dramatic soprano but spinto soprano is also a possibility afaik), however her laryngeal depth, timbrel weight and comparatively low placement for a woman seem to indicate a natural contralto (I also get the feeling that me even considering pigeonholing her voice like this is something she'd take great offence to so I really hope she never finds this)