Opera for young singers Basic elements of vocal technique and the recalibration of the teenage voice
Singing is one of the most natural actions any human can take and, as such, the need to find and develop methods to achieve the highest level of performance is, to this day, an ever-growing area of mastery. Opera, being a relatively young art expression, is still finding its own ways of growing and maturing while having to keep up with the technological achievements that can ease the way to an always perfectible performance. The voice, being the key ingredient in Opera, was always a very much disputed topic being exposed to many kinds of preferred techniques and, over time, some of these techniques became obsolete while others are still thriving to this day and some new ones are always found. Before even starting to train the voice to become “Opera ready”, there has to be a calibration, a preparation of the voice where all the possible issues one might encounter when singing are eliminated by adopting a correct technique, adapted to the individual. In order to achieve said correct technique, one can start their vocal training no earlier than their teen years where, with due care and guidance, they will find their “proper voice” who will not only enable them to sing beautifully but will also provide a healthy way of vocalization.