I had the curiosity to extract the file called VOCAL TERMS, thank you =
very much Bob, it is a great idea to try and summarise vocal =
In the file there is a subsection called VOCAL TYPES which is a =
classification of voices following the well-known opera Expert Herr =
There we learn (just to mention sopranos) that a lyric soprano is =
supposed to be light, pleasant and flexible, that coloraturas are =
sopranos, that a leggerio is an italian lyric, that Mimi is a =
favourite spinto role, etc etc =
At the coffee break this morning, and by pure coincidence I had the =
opportunity and honour to talk to Monsieur le Professeur Cuivremont, =
Directeur de Recherche au Laboratoire de Dissection Vocale de =
l'Universite de Beaune (affilie au CNRS).
About the topic, Prof. Cuivremont said:
This classification is amazingly amusing, je dirais meme plus =
amusingly amazing. One could even say it is a potentially misleading =
So there are Experts who seem to disagree on the topic.
To avoid sterile polemics and clarify the definitions I suggest that =
we define each voice type by listing the corresponding most important =
roles of it's particular repertoire, and add such examples to the =
VOCAL TYPES list.
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