1. The Break
Posted by Audrey Owen on April 1, 2010
“It’s the passaggio.”
Eliza Babbenco, draped across a velvet chaise lounge in her studio, listens intently to the headphones pressed against her ears. Recently awarded a Fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice from Mt. Sinai hospital, Ms. Babbenco has been the driving creative force behind some of the world’s most prominent classical vocalists for more than 30 years.
“A tenor altino, I think, very clear and quite powerful,” she said, cocking her head to one side, “with impressive control through the passaggio.”
That morning, Eliza Babbenco was listening not to a new classical artist, but to Steve Perry, former lead singer for the American rock band Journey. I called Ms. Babbenco for her professional opinion of the voice ranked number 76 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s “100 Greatest Singers of all Time”, the voice Queen guitarist Brian May called “truly luminous”.
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