How To Sing Opera: An Introductory Mini Lesson

Just about any human being can learn how to sing opera. It’s just a matter of doing some things correct with your voice and body. The first and most important thing is to lower your larynx. The larynx is simply the scientific term for the voice box. Now this next part is vital to operatic vocal technique:

If you yawn while keeping your hand on your throat, you’ll feel your larynx sink gently down. Now keep it there. Try singing something but DO NOT allow it to rise. This might feel awkward for you and sound unusual and that’s because you’re unaccustomed to it! But this is the most important thing to begin developing an operatic voice. I bet you can already hear the difference in the way you sound, can’t you?

The next thing you need to learn how is how to “place” your sound. Once you’re making sound, the idea is to direct it into the frontal part of your face, called the mask. Here’s how to do it: Start out humming at a pretty loud volume in the middle of your vocal range. Do you feel that BUZZ in the front part of your face? Well, THAT, my friend, is your mask! See? I told you anybody can do this!

Now hum again and this time slowly open your mouth into an “eeh” vowel WHILE KEEPING THE SOUND IN THE MASK. Keep practicing this as much as possible and make sure that no matter how low or high you’re singing, that:

1. The larynx is low
2. The sound is buzzing in the front of your face

These are two of the most important concepts of classical singing and any opera singing teacher WILL teach you these same basics and drill them into your head when you’re learning. If you can learn to do this at all times, you’ll notice that your voice gets louder, more resonant, clearer and more powerful.

Remember, you’re training your body to do something, so practice is important to build muscle memory. The cool thing is that you can do this anytime: in the car, in the shower, whenever! So keep practicing keeping the larynx low at all times, even on your highest notes, and you will have made the first step towards developing true operatic technique.


A Word Of Caution…

Now a very important caution is in order here: do not JAM your larynx down. In fact, don’t force anything. The idea of lowering the larynx is just to get you started. The actual goal is to keep a neutral larynx. Be careful of rigidity in your body and your philosophy. The world is in flux…

So you can see that learning operatic vocal technique is just like any other skill and requires good instruction such as that found in the Sing Opera Now video lesson, hard work and patience.