The difference, I imagine, between Alex and some of these child and teen singers on television is that her mother was a trained singer and teacher with a professional career, and despite her mature repertoire choices, she was always cognizant of taking care of her instrument. The second issue many professionals have with these child opera singers is the feeling that while the wider public seems to have such a fascination with these kids singing opera, they don't share that interest in the adults who sing the same repertoire professionally and in context. Sloppy, non existent phrasing, lack of knowledge of the words or their context with very little emotive power, and splatty, forced high notes are all things that dilute the power of an opera aria, which can be truly extraordinary when sung in the way it was written. Problems playing this file? As a result, the vocal range of prepubescence shared by both sexes is largely retained, and the voice develops into adulthood in a unique way.
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This, combined with intensive training, gave them unrivalled lung-power and breath capacity. From his behaviour on stage "it was obvious that he hoped to inspire the love of those who liked him as a man, and probably would not have done so as a woman". When I was nine years old my parents put me into voice lessons because I adored performing, but was belting out Broadway show tunes in an Ethel Merman-esque way. Problems playing this file? The means by which future singers were prepared could lead to premature death.