Saturday, June 29, 2013

Is a beautiful voice enough?

Brava Jamie Barton!
More than just another
pretty voice!
I would say no, but it's said much more eloquently in this recent article from the Guardian:

As the 30th Cardiff Singer of the World competition nears its climax, we ask the experts what it takes to triumph
The piece includes commentary from singers, coaches, directors, conductors, etc, plus a few audio/video clips. 


  1. I think among those quoted, Finley put it best: without "a passionate heart" the singing "will only be larynx-deep and no amount of vocal talent will move the audience, and they would remain a circus performer."

    1. I have to agree with you on that. And Gerald Finley is living proof. In fact, even when he makes a rare less-than-lovely sound, he always does it with passion!

  2. Yes - and this is what makes Maria Callas and Jonas Kaufmann such giants!
    Not perfect voices, yet very moving.


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