Narrowness: some other voice types

When it comes to singing narrow, and transferring the qualities of the EE and EH vowel so as to narrow and morph the nature of other vowels, this does not apply solely to tenors.  Here are some of my favorites:


Anita Cerquetti, Rosanna Carteri , Maria Callas , Claudia Muzio ,   to name a few greats


Fedora Barbieri , Ebe Stignani


Riccardo Stracciari , Giuseppe De Luca , Ettore Bastianini 

Basses: Giulio Neri

This is just to name a few that come to mind.  I love all these singers.  The sopranos are quite extraordinary in demonstrating narrow sound… these are all great singers.


5 responses to “Narrowness: some other voice types

  1. Does Sesto Bruscantini’s singing also illustrate what you mean?

    Madamina, il catalogo è questo

    Di Provenza il mar, il suol

  2. The second link didn’t work. Trying again (since I can’t edit my comment):

    Di Provenza il mar, il suol

    • I love Bruscantini, but I wouldn’t use him as an example of this just because there are more effective examples. One great example that I failed to mention is Leonard Warren… one of the greatest baritones of the modern era. Technically I like him better than Bastianini, but not the color of the voice.

  3. Ya know how everyone complains about the singing on Glee being auto-tuned? (Its true, it’s rampant in today’s recorded pop singing). Well, when I hear that clip (at :31-34) from Cerquetti, I hear the same thing. It is SO precise as to be nearly unbelievable. And this type of articulation and narrowness comes from what you are talking about in other articles on Looseness and Constriction. Air is being managed in a far different way than how soprano’s sound on this aria today. Highly disciplined singing. Thanks for this post.

  4. Would you add Fiorenza Cossotto to your list for mezzo’s? In listening to her I hear a very complex sound, with a dark ‘oo’ and lots of squillo.

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