Juan Diego Florez – an example of relaxed, on-the-breath singing

Christopher Anderson-West teaches individual Voice Lessons, as well as a weekly group Singing Class and a class on Musicianship For Singers, at Raise The Barre dance studio in Laguna Niguel.

Singers, I am posting this video for you to watch to see if you can notice any of the different elements we have touched on in our classes: the raised palate (yawning or smelling a rose), placement of the voice “in the mask” (the part of your face where a mask would rest), on the breath singing.

This is one of the premier tenors of the world today (Juan Diego Florez) and he is renowned for easy, relaxed singing … see if you can notice when he actually has tension in his voice. There are actually only a few times this occurs and it usually was for effect. One time I noticed he had tension that was not for effect, but he corrected it immediately.

This aria is one of the most difficult arias for tenor as it has multiple high C’s (toward the end). Enjoy! Tomorrow I will post an example of a non-operatic singer who I think has a relaxed singing technique so that you can notice the similarities in how “on the breath” singing can be incorporated across genres.

Christopher Anderson-West is a conservatory trained operatic tenor and voice teacher currently living in Southern Orange County, California. Christopher is pleased to be working with Raise The Barre dance studio as a Vocal Instructor and teacher of a weekly class on Musicianship For Singers for students in the Southern Orange County area (Irvine, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Talega and San Clemente).

Christopher studied both voice and composition for five years at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has had the honor of performing in England, France, Italy, China, and around the United States.

As a voice teacher, Christopher’s method is primarily based on the operatic bel canto technique; meaning “beautiful singing”. This technique is currently employed in not only opera, but virtually every form of singing from Pop, to R&B, to Broadway and more … the principles can be carried over as a basis for just about any style of singing.

Christopher’s goal is to impart a healthy vocal technique that will allow you or your child to progress confidently into whatever field of music you or they enjoy.


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