Mezzo says opera tough business
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#1 Apr 9, 2012
More than offering fans a possibly tantalizing glimpse into the stressful existence of well-knowns opera singer, this article has pointed out the current vocal crisis.
There is a very alarming mindset today where singing is concerned.
Professional singers and physicians tend to accept vocal exhaustion and injury as an inevitable part of the profession of singing.
Ms. Kasarova says that singers get sick as frequently as tennis players suffer from joint problems.
A New York Times article last November stated that many physicians believe that not only is singing as hard on the larynx "as a professional football game is on a lineman's body", it is "athletic" and is detrimental to the voice!
This is chaos.
The notion that singers are "athletes" and can expect to be injured as they would in rock climbing or rugby is preposterous.
The Art of Singing is based on a balanced, healthy, well-working vocal instrument.
Singers turning to cortisone and surgery cannot be blamed on "dirt, dust and odors" or on a competitive environment. Less stress alone does not allow for a long career.
As specialists in vocal education, re-education and repair, we have observed directly how singers who finish appropriate re-education studies, even those who had been suffering from acute voice abuse due to previous vocal practices, can achieve the same high level of technical mastery as an instrumentalist, acquire permanent stability and autonomy and never again suffer from vocal difficulty, vocal dysfunction or injury.
Once the cause of vocal abuse is permanently removed through re-education, vocal health is reinstated.
I hope this comment will inspire some curiosity in anyone interested in getting to the bottom of this subject.
Lisa Paglin, New Voice Studio Italia.
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