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THEATER: Julie Andrews’ Voice Is Kaput, And So Is Kathie Lee’s Broadway Show

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By:           Aaron Coleman
On:           Dec 8, 2012
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    • MikeE
      MikeE

      Just a quick correction: Julie Andrews does NOT have a “four octave range”. That is a physical impossibility.

      Most trained opera singers have 2-octave ranges (more or less, depending on the type of voice, some have slightly wider ranges, by up to a 5th or 6th).

      Let’s use an example from Ms. Andrews’ repertoire: Le Jazz Hot (Victor/Victoria).
      The famous glissando at the end, which sounds so “impressive”, only covers two octaves, from G3 to G5.

      Anyway, /pedantic self off, yeah, no four octave range. No singer does.

      Dec 8, 2012 at 6:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • QJ201
      QJ201

      Deborah Cox has never had the career her talent deserves.

      A couple of years ago I saw her at Southern Decadence…and she whipped the crowd into a huge frenzy.

      Dec 8, 2012 at 8:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CaptainFabulous
      CaptainFabulous

      @MikeE: I beg to differ. As a singer myself on a good day I can clear nearly 4 octaves. Of course it’s not of 100% practical use, but to say it’s a physical impossibility is not accurate.

      Any female singer with a whistle register should easily be able to span 3 octaves.

      Not impossible. Just unusual.

      Dec 8, 2012 at 10:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE
      MikeE

      @CaptainFabulous: Bullsh**

      you cannot hit 4 octaves.
      I’ve met countless singers who’ve pretended that they had 4 octave ranges. and they were just counting it wrong. Most I’ve ever heard is a sloppy three octaves.

      and yes, I teach singing, I coach singers, I’m writing an opera, and I’ve been doing this for 30+ years.

      4 octaves covers the C below the bass clef, and reaches to the C above the treble clef. it’s impossible.

      Dec 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CaptainFabulous
      CaptainFabulous

      @MikeE: So this guy isn’t covering a 4 octave range? I do not wish to cast doubt upon your impeccable resume, experience, and body of work, but one doesn’t need a degree in music theory to know how to count an octave.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbQxUL7k3no

      It’s not pretty. But it’s most certainly 4 octaves.

      Dec 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Crankycub
      Crankycub

      I saw AT THE FLASH – it’s an amazing one man show. Funny, Moving, and a reminder of where gay people have been and where we are now. David Leeper is awesome! If you’re in Chicago GO SEE IT!

      Dec 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE
      MikeE

      @CaptainFabulous: ROFLMAO

      being able to croak out low notes, then squeak out high notes does not a “4 octave range” make.

      if Julie Andrews says she has a 4-octave range, then she is expected to be able to USE that 4-octave range. which is patently impossible.

      The video you showed is not of a usable 4-octave range. he basically burps out the lowest notes, then screeches out the entire last octave+ in an unusable falsetto.

      Dec 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kai
      Kai

      Note to Queerty and the NY Daily News…. it’s NOT news that Dame Julie’s voice is not coming back… she said as much in the early 2000′s! Love her all the same, of course.

      Dec 8, 2012 at 6:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hf2hvit
      hf2hvit

      That woman is a bitch. I worked somewhere where she was expected in. We were told NOT to speak to her or even LOOK at her. She spent eight hours terrorizing the owner and the entire place…

      Dec 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • OrchidIsleGuy
      OrchidIsleGuy

      @MikeE: I agree with you regarding that Youtube guy. That was pretty funny and hardly indicative of a 4 octave vocal range.

      Though rare, a 4 octave range is not impossible. It has happened and I guess the best example I can think of is the late Yma Sumac who I had the opportunity to see once. I also thoroughly enjoyed John Gilkey and Cirque Du Soleil’s usage of her Gopher Mambo.

      4 octaves or higher? Exceedingly rare, almost to the point of impossibility, but not quite.

      Dec 8, 2012 at 10:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead
      balehead

      Who’s the “man dish” in the photo???…

      Dec 9, 2012 at 11:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tracy
      Tracy

      @balehead

      Edward Watts.

      Dec 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ScaryRussianHeather
      ScaryRussianHeather

      There is no such thing as a 4 octave range. The terminology IS “usable octaves”. A vocal fry on the low end (Britney-like) and whistle on the high end (Mariah) are just tricks and not usable. Just “hitting” a note with vocal chord tricks is not singing a note.

      Yma Sumac was a trick singer. She wasnt’ singing WORDS and songs in those extremes outside of her NATURAL range. Google Chuncho or “VĂ­rgenes del Sol” or the show on Letterman.

      Someone who works on it with a decent basic voice can hit SOUNDS but that’s not singing WORDS.

      That’s why she was a pop singer with a small cult following, not any type of accomplished singer or hired for her actual singing.

      Dec 10, 2012 at 8:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BikeHulk
      BikeHulk

      @MikeE: Wait a second, what about Yma Sumac? I’m pretty sure her range was well document.

      Dec 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BikeHulk
      BikeHulk

      @hf2hvit: Are u referring to Julie Andrews or Kathie Lee??

      Dec 10, 2012 at 5:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BikeHulk
      BikeHulk

      @ScaryRussianHeather: I’m a big fan of pedantic (being a big old pedant myself), so it’s all good and I want to hear about your opera for reals! (I want to produce an opera!) But I think if someone can “output” notes I think that’s singing… anyway it’s just my opinion.

      Dec 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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