Malde, Melissa

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Moore, Charles

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Oravitz, Michael

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Kauffman, Deborah


College of Performing and Visual Arts; School of Music, Vocal Performance


University of Northern Colorado

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Greeley, (Colo.)


University of Northern Colorado

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128 pages

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Within the operatic and classical music realms, Fach is an identifier based on voice classification, as well as non-vocal factors such as acting style and physical appearance. For singers, stating one’s Fach is a way to advertise oneself for suitable operatic roles and concert solos. However, not all singers fit perfectly into a Fach, and some choose to switch between Fach categories over the course of their careers. Although such choices require careful consideration with the potential to impact a career, many have found success after transitioning to a lower Fach. While several studies have investigated singers transitioning to higher Fach categories, little research has been conducted regarding singers transitioning to a lower category. This study aims to explore the considerations for transitioning from soprano to mezzo-soprano, specifically by examining the history and vocal science related to voice classification and conducting interviews with singers and voice teachers. Interviews will feature singers who have experienced this Fach change themselves, as well as voice teachers who have helped singers navigate this shift. The research will examine vocal, career, and psychological aspects of this transition. This dissertation is designed for singers and voice teachers who are either making this decision themselves or aiding others in transitioning. Appendix A will provide vocal exercises and teaching tools from the interviewees to address common technical issues when transitioning from soprano to mezzo-soprano. Appendix B will provide repertoire suggestions useful for those transitioning.

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