The fach system is not exactly liberating. Oh, how dare I say that? Wait I’m not done yet!
Our industry is so narrow minded! So limiting and so inhibiting in many ways!
There are bombastic declarations of how fantastic opera is. So liberating. Such grand scemes where you can do anything as long as you are trained for it.
Yea, right! It was not until I started to brake all the fach rules my voice became happy.
Listen to my story below!
It took many, many years of trying to fit into the mold of the fach system before I broke free. Those that heard me sing mezzo first, decided I was mezzo. But those that heard me as a soprano where firm in their believes too. All experts and all deaf! 😉
During my training I went through a year long program where I only sang light, high coloratura like Gilda and Juliette. Know what? Stepping away from the darker and deeper colors of my instrument made those top notes lose their shine!
Well, I decided to “cure” myself. Therefore I put on a recital where I, amongst other things, sang Didos Lament and Brahms four serous songs, in alto setting. Lo and behold, the brilliance came back while in the process of rehearsing that repertory. I knew then: My voice can not be constrained into a single fach! Just like Yma Sumac.
Even if the industry met me as a dramatic coloratura while auditioning, I never stopped training the full range of my voice at home. It’s like the movie The Lion King. Don’t try to make yourself into something you are not born to be!
Are you happy with your fach, or do you too sense there is something else within you that can’t come out right now? Could it be that your vocal problems are about trying to stay in the right place and be a nice, obedient little girl? Please tell below.
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