how can I become a classical singer like Katherine Jenkins or Faryl Smith?
My dream is to sing as classically as Katherine Jenkins or someone of that sort so more of my generation Faryl Smith, they both have beautiful voices and have opera sounding singing voices too. With my singing I stupidly have low confidence, not really low but when I do solos I'm so nervous but I still go out and do it, to grow in confidence but it's taking years and years now, and to be able to sing like these 2 beautiful soprano's would just complete me, would be very thankful if anyone could give me some advice on this,
- Malcolm DLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
Katherine Jenkins is not really a classical singer. She was unable to "make it" as an opera performer. My advice... find someone who is a really good singer as a role model and get a voice coach.
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- BirdgirlLv 78 years ago
Uh...I'm going to presume you aren't just trolling by mentioning Katherine Jenkins and Faryl Smith for examples of "classical singers" that you hope to emulate. If anything, you'd be better off patterning yourself after Faryl. According to Wikipedia, she has been studying with a vocal coach in the last year or so in hopes of moving from "crossover" to real opera. She hopes to be able to attend The Royal Academy of Music (where they also train non-classical singers as well as opera students).
Ironically, Katherine Jenkins was Faryl's idol too! But Malcolm is correct--Jenkins couldn't make it in real opera. In fact I'm sometimes puzzled myself why Jenkins isn't better than she is. She does have a lovely voice and has had considerable vocal training (including a scholarship to the Royal Academy as a teenager), but remains rather inept when singing actual opera arias (she uses a microphone among other things).It just goes to show that you can only train what's there. And perhaps she just got lazy and decided it was just easier to get a boob job (which she denies) or at least some rather good pushup bras.
By the way, NEITHER Katherine Jenkins OR Faryl Smith are sopranos. They are both classified as mezzo-sopranos, which is between contraltos and soprano. There isn't anything wrong with being a mezzo-soprano--some of the greatest opera singers in the world are mezzo-sopranos: Joyce diDonato for example.
Jenkins (same aria)--notice how certain bits are slowed WAY down
Faryl is still very young, so her voice still has a lot of maturing to do, so it she MAY develop into a soprano---or not. Jenkins is only entering her early 30s, so this would be about when a female singer's voice starts to mature--though she's still terrible.
As someone who has been in some form of vocal music most of my life, I've had an opportunity to hear a LOT of different voices, and while Faryl has talent, her greatest achievement is the selection of her publicity team. I've heard a lot of girls her age sing as well or much better than Faryl, but they just aren't famous. I'm still waiting to hear what she sounds like in a few years---and so should you since she isn't "done" yet.
I encourage you to listen to as many different singers as you possibly can and learn the difference between "opera-sounding" voices and people who actually have operatic voices and sing real opera or classical music in the style that the composers intended it to be sung.
If you are in school, I do encourage you to take every music class you can. Join any choir that will have you (but try for ones that do require auditions so that you are not surrounded by people who love to sing but are tone-deaf). Find a proper voice teacher who isn't just in it for the money. You need someone who cares about the health of the voice as well as the sound, and cares enough to give you harsh--but constructive--criticism and feedback when you need it so you can develop into the very best singer you can possibly be.
Plus there really isn't anything wrong with "crossover music". What's wrong is pretending it's something else, or chalking it up to jealously or snobbishness if anyone calls you out.Source(s): Personal experience and knowledge as a classically trained singer. Other sources listed above. Other mezzo-sopranos you need to listen to: Marilyn Horne Frederica von Stade (especially if you prefer a more lyric voice) Teresa Berganza Janet Baker Brigitte Fassbaender Cecilia Bartoli Grace Bumbry Susan Graham Denyce Graves Agnes Balsta Tatiana Troyanos Anne Sofie von Otter and Christine Rice--another British mezzo-soprano that is currently gaining much respect and admiration among fellow opera singers and those who know and love real opera. http://www.askonasholt.co.uk/artists/singers/mezzo...
- SadsongsLv 78 years ago
Train, train, train. Listen to what voice coaches and singing teachers tell you, never strain your voice while young, no matter how much you might want to sing a difficult role.
As to nerves, get into a good pre-performance routine - rest, physical warm up, throat warm up. Always remember that you get solos because your teachers think you're better than others. You have the ability - go and knock their socks off :)