Opera singer Susanne Mentzer takes on America's Got Talent!

Thursday, August 4

Mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer takes on America's Got Talent in a guest post for Huffpost Arts.
"When did operatic singing become something that needs to be souped-up or dumbed-down? Ok, not everyone has been exposed. I would like to add a little perspective on what it is like to make an operatic sound.
Let's just say, for starters, that one is born with this type of instrument. This is not enough. Opera singing is an athletic endeavor.
Just as an athlete is trained, we are trained in the technique of propelling a sound into a large space -- sometimes 3500-4000 seats. Many assume we are amplified. No mic. No net."
Read the full article at Huffington Post.

Be sure to also checkout Ms. Mentzer's athletic endeavor in action (a.k.a. mad vocal skills):


Tempo August 4, 2011 at 3:12 PM  

To America's Got Talent, I hope the producers will trust that it is enough to hear a person sing beautifully, to express a primal emotion with just the sound of their voice. Lose the silly packaging. Drop the stereotypes.

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