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Soprano/Mezzo: audition and opera jobsThe mezzo-soprano or mezzo is the second highest female voice type.
In a large choir, a mezzo-soprano will usually sing along with the sopranos, not the altos, with the vocal part Soprano II or Soprano 2. If the sopranos split in half, a mezzo will sing the lower melody as typically, a mezzo vocal timbre is darker than the soprano.
In opera mezzo-sopranos most often hold supporting roles and trouser roles – in other words, male roles sung by a female singer. There are many exceptions and some of the more famous ones include the characters of Carmen in the opera with the same name and Rosina in The Barber of Seville, where the prima donna is a mezzo-soprano.
A typical mezzo can vocalize from G3 to A5, though voices are highly variable. Some mezzos cant sing as high as this and some can sing as high as a typical soprano.
Orchestra Audition: Soprano/Mezzo, job postings and music listings
Whether this takes place in a music school or at home with a private tutor, you’ll be able to find your vocal range, improve your technical abilities (such as learning vibrato) and broaden your range firstly with your head voice and then with your chest voice. It would take absolutely ages to list all the pieces that use a mezzo-soprano as a soloist performing a coloratura or as part of a choir.
If you happen to have a really nasal voice, it might be worth following a completely different career to becoming an opera singer as it’s probably going to end up being a massive waste of time.
The main thing for mezzo-sopranos is that they don’t have to change how they practise too much. They still need to work on their breathing, which will be at the heart of their everyday singing routine.
Knowing how to breathe correctly is key to being a mezzo-soprano, which often comes with a voice much warmer than that of the male counterparts covering the same range. This is a domain where the female singers regularly show their superiority over the men.
Similarly, you can’t overlook acting ability and stage presence, which can make the difference between two singers with very similar vocal abilities.
Salary for singers jobs - mezzo-soprano singerThe list of international music schools includes education to become a mezzo-soprano singer:
1. Ithaca College
2. Dartmouth College
3. Drexel University
4. University of Alicante
5. University of the Arts Helsinki
6. University of Copenhagen
7. University of Pavia
8. Yehudi Menuhin School
9. Schulich School of Music
10. Aichi Prefectural University of the Arts
1. Antigua Opera Society
2. Wellington Choral Society
3. Bishopwearmouth Choral Society
The most famous mezzo-soprano vocalists in the world:
1. Janet Jackson
2. Selina Jen
3. Katherine Jenkins
4. Jessie J