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Classical singing typically refers to singers who are classically trained to use their voice to successfully perform in a range of vocal registers. Classical singing largely harkens to the music written during the Classical era, which includes the works of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert.
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Classical singers often regarded as 'the greatest' include Maria Callas, Enrico Caruso, Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, Amelita Galli Curci, and Andrea Bocelli.
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All About Classical Singers
Held in esteem for their breathtaking vocal range, impeccable diction, and the ability to breathe life into a dramatic role, classical singers use their vocal cords just like any professional musician uses their musical instrument of choice. Classical singers are often classically trained, and more than simply sounding nice, they have mastered the ability to achieve particular notes and powerfully perform the works of classical composers like Schubert and Wagner. When a classical singer is what your project needs to hit all the right notes and communicate a stirring narrative, then you're in luck with the lineup of talented classical singers that Voices provides access to.
By hiring a classical singer, your project will conjure up the sound of the Classical Period of music. This era of music is typically regarded as spanning between 1730 and 1820, and it is so noteworthy because it produced the likes of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Ludwig Van Beethoven, and Joseph Haydn—among others. The classical era was characterized by its simplicity in comparison to the Baroque era that came before it, as well as a move from being exclusively for upper class audiences toward increased accessibility for all audiences. If you're looking for a vocalist who can make the libretto of Mozart's The Magic Flute or Wagner's Tristan und Isolde come to life, hiring one of our featured classical singers is exactly what you need.
When you explore the profiles and demos of the classical singer featured on Voices, you may be on the lookout for a singer whose vocal range meets specific requirements. Classical singers are often classified based on their tessitura (which means a singer's most comfortable vocal range), agility, power, and timbre. The different vocal ranges that male classical singers are categorized by include bass, bass baritone, baritone, tenor, and countertenor. For male singers in opera, the tenor typically assumes the lead role. The main female ranges in classical singing include contralto, mezzo soprano, and soprano. For female singers in opera, the soprano usually performs the lead role. Additionally, when a male singer performs what is traditionally the 'female' vocal line, their vocal type is considered to be sopranist or countertenor.
Classical singers can also be classified based on their voice size or vocal weight, which refers to how heavy or light a voice sounds. For example, even if a singer is classified as a soprano, their voice type can be even further identified based on whether they are a lyric soprano, coloratura, soubrette, spinto, or dramatic soprano. Many classical singers possess a considerable vocal range that enables them to sing between upper and lower registers, at varying speeds, whether adagio or allegro. The voices of classical singers, beyond their grasp on different styles of performance and the ability to read sheet music, are often noted for their flexibility, power, and grace.
Some of the most renowned classical singers of all time include Maria Callas, Enrico Caruso, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Joan Sutherland, and Amelita Galli Curci. When you hire a classical singer on Voices, you may reference the classic voices you're hoping your singer can emulate. Alternatively, you may provide the names of composers or a composition style that you'd like your singer to have experience working with or model their performance after. Schubert, Bach, Brahms, and Verdi are all heavyweights in the classical music canon who the classical singers you find here will be capable of taking on.
Are you ready to find the ideal classical singer to bring an incisive, clean vocal delivery to your music? Whether you're in search of an established solo singer or the perfect voice to blend in with and complement a greater ensemble, the classical voices featured here will lend your project a sense of refinement and professionalism. Hire a classical singer for your project today.