That article I wrote about high male voices seems to be getting traction lately. I should add in the laryngoscope images at some point, and have included below some interviews with altinos and falsettists to illustrate the contrast between the two voice types. Once you listen to James Bowman and Andreas Scholl talking and then hear Russell Oberlin, it becomes quite clear what’s going on.
Falsettists — all with baritone speaking voices:
- Andreas Scholl: An interview wherein he discusses his experience of the falsettist countertenor voice.
- David Daniels: Promotional clip for his (now available) Bach CD, featuring his speaking voice.
- Jimmy Somerville: Interviewed on television in 1988.
And here are a few with natural male altos (and one soprano) — all with very light, high speaking voices:
- Russell Oberlin: Billed himself as the only “true” countertenor of his time.
- Neil Sedaka: Yes, the bubblegum pop singer.
- Steve Perry: Yes, the rock singer.
- Smokey Robinson: Of the Miracles and Motown.
- Dennis DeYoung: Yes, the other rock singer, and the lowest voice in this list.
- Michael Maniaci: Brilliant male soprano, at least a fifth to a sixth above the other voices in this list, and an incredibly unique artist.
A cursory listen will more than illustrate that sumpin intrestin’s goin on. Tell me that you don’t listen to the guys in the second list and feel an urge to slap them on the back so they can clear their throats.