Common Vocal Misconceptions Post
  • 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.

Well. I was only going to make one Deadbeat. But one wasn’t enough. So I used some of Heilos’ designs as reference, hope she doesn’t mind!

I took so long cause I wanted to make sure they were at least decently accurate. I’m pretty happy with how they came out though, hope you guys do too!

Also, the last image is an image of only the light coming from their eyes and hearts.

Pretty much every highschool choir
  • 1st soprano:*sings melody, complains about how hard it is and how high it is. Is unable to sing harmony at all*
  • 2nd soprano:*sings the same note like, the whole time*
  • Alto:*no matter how many there are, you can never hear them*
  • Tenor:*is like an alto but, you can hear them*
  • Bass:*is just in choir for the art credit*

May 15, 1858 – Opening of the present Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London

1.  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)." 

2. 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