What musical background you come from?
What kind of music do you sing mostly?
Would you say you got a classical vocal training?
You do a lot of modern music. What excites you in it?
What do you find difficult with it?
How would you describe the ratio between modern and classical singing projects you do?
When in your studies you encountered first contemporary music?
Did you feel it complementary to your studies or going against it?
What are the biggest differences?
What are the challenges that modern music asks for that are not in the classical training?
Does it prepare u to sing modern music?
What does it lack?
What are you incorporating in your teaching from it?
Working on modern
How do you prepare for modern pieces? Is it different?
Is your classical training helping? (In big jumps, sustaining extremes of the range, flexibility of colors and dynamics, coloraturas etc)
Is your classical training sometimes in the way? (too full and trained voice, vibrato, etc)
What technical challenges does one encounter that was not in traditional vocal training?
When u work on extended techniques or sound colors, distortion etc...
do you still use your basic technique or do you believe there is other techniques?
When u sing in different genres, do u really ‘go there’ or you just imitate?
Collaborations with composers
Please mention some of your good collaborations
And some of the bad ones :)
Secret is in Communication- do u manage to translate what the composer wants and how can u achieve it?
Do you find it crucial to know your needs and protect them and know how to explain them to the composer?
Do you recommend a book, article or writing to your composers that can teach them about the limits of voice beforehand?
Do you think vocalists should be treated different when composing for them then instrumentalists?
Did you also experience that composers often dont know that much about the voice then about the instruments they compose for?
Did you also encounter the attitude that composers respect the limitations of physicality with instruments but not with the voice?
(The Cathy Berberian could song everything- effect)
Would u agree that nowadays most composers prefer lighter non dramatic sound (higher voice and female voice) mostly?
Why is that you think? Why did the aesthetics move away so much from a beautiful projected bel canto singer? (non vibrato etc…)
Should a singer be able to sing all kinds of music? (Sports metaphor)
‘Coaching’ your composer
When you can influence a composer when he is composing for you, what things you tell before
Do you explain classical technical things? Tessitura, passagio?
What else do you tell about your voice beforehand?
When you have a conflict of ‘unsingability’ how do you justify yourself?
When you have a conflict of ‘style’ (vibrato etc)
Do you know some famous singer-composer couples of the past? (stories?)
What would u change in the attitudes and or education of composers?
What would you (are you) changing in the education/preparation of singers?