Coloratura is not a range, nor does it necessarily mean that you can sing unusually high.
Although we can stretch our vocal range somewhat, our range cannot necessarily complete change. Vocal range has physical limits, because it’s a muscle, just like anything else.
Soprano =/= Best singer, best musician, best anything.
A high E6 is not the end-all-be-all of being a soprano.
Not all sopranos will have a strong 6th octave.
The 6th octave will never be as full and rich as lower octaves.
Why is everybody obsessed with the 6th octave.
Belt can be done safely.
Being hoarse after singing is not normal, and indicates poor technique.
We cannot do everything. We all have limitations in our voices.
Hard work and diligent practice will always trump natural talent.
Milk is not necessarily going to mess up your voice.
Nor is soda.
Nor is sugar.
Every voice is unique and different, and what feels good and what does not will differ from person to person.
Throat coat, lozenges, sprays, drinks, concoctions—nothing will beat drinking a ton of water when you’re sick and your voice is compromised. Do not trust miracle cures.
Singing is an art that cannot be mastered. There is always more to learn, perfect, hone, polish, strengthen. Re-evaluate yourself whenever you think that you may have “finished” with a certain aspect of learning.
View of soprano Mattiwilda Dobbs as Queen Shemakhan in Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera, “Le coq d'or.” Drummer, in costume, sits on left. Label on back: “Singing one of opera’s most seductive roles. Mattiwilda Dobbs the coloured singer who was heard but not seen singing at the Royal Opera House last October – she sang the Woodbird a coloratura part, in Wagner’s Siegfried – will be seen on Thursday in one of the most seductive roles in opera when she appears as Queen of Shemakhan in "Le coq d'or.’ This Covent Garden Opera Company’s production of the Rimsky-Korsakov opera will be the first performance in England for 25 years. It is produced by Robert Helpmann; the conductor will be Igor Markevitch. Scenery & costumes are by Loudon Sainthill. Picture shows Mattiwilda Dobbs singing the role of Queen of Shemakhan at todays rehearsal of ‘Le coq d'or’ at the Royal Opera House. (Barratt’s 4th January 1954)."
Portrait of soprano Leontyne Price in Verdi’s opera, "Aida.” Stamped on back: “Copyright photograph by Dominic. Dominic, 31, Chelsea Square, S.W.3., tel. Flaxman 6118.” Label on back: “As Aida in her English debut role at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, July, 1958.” Handwritten on back: “Leontyne Price."
Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library
When the group has to divide between altos and sopranos and most of the girls go to sopranos because they think that it will make them look good but they are really altos leaving you with a small group of altos.