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Old 4th July 2013
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Originally Posted by king2070lplaya View Post
I mean no personal offense by this, but I'm going to trust the word of a soprano Met-opera house singer who is also fabulous teacher that I am close with over a Wiki article whose "factual accuracy has been disputed". Obviously this doesn't mean I'm right, but that's where I'm at with it.
You are correct that squillo is generally associated with the tenor voice, it allows a voice to project without actually being louder. However the technique of emphasizing higher partials is used by all voice types. With some voices the combination of vibrato, resonances in the mouth/vocal tract, and a bright tone can result in a sound that is "distorted" on certain notes. The same effect can be heard in choirs, especially when the sopranos are singing high and loud. Singers can usually dial this down if you ask.