Operafantomet: phantoming
Why does americans speak much deeper than they sing??? I was watching Sierra's vlogs and was shocked by her deep voice, and when I thought about it most native english speakers speak the same way. I'm swedish, and I'm pretty sure we don't have a big difference between singing voice and speaking voice,I mean you can hear it when you speak to a swedish/norwegian soprano.
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I don’t think this is a thing? Trying to think of how my friends talk (and sings) and I see no definite pattern there. Or maybe I don’t know enough singers. :) 

It is an issue- in the English speaking world anyway- which tends towards thinking of masculine as deep, full, rich, authoritative, and feminine as nuturing, soft, childish.

Just to really speak in the way media treats us currently. Not what everyone thinks or feels or wants, to be frank.

I speak too low for my voice type and that is because I’d be speaking like Cheno if I was to pitch where it is comfortable. But because of the aforementioned issues I do not get treated well at all. I’m either fangirling or being a fishwife or indeed stressed, based purely on the pitch. And I get patronised like mad. 

So I speak too low and if in public for some time it does start to hurt my voice. And yes, that is too low when I speak in public, I know it’s still pretty high, I was not kidding in writing that I’d sound like Cheno were I to speak at my correct pitch! 

So, hey my fellow sopranos doing damage in their speaking voice, holler!

Oh and yes, this is generally covered very well in any long term acting course and by Rodenberg in her various books. The Actor’s Right to Speak covers it I think and goes in to far more detail why some cultures make the connection between babies crying and high voices not exactly gaining automatic respect.

My first ever performance class at Uni the first question I got asked (by some 3rd year dickhead) was “Should you be singing Soprano when your speaking voice is so low?”. I wanted to throw my music stand at him. He’d already heard me sing, so he knew I could - he just wanted to take me down a peg. I do wonder if my speaking voice has changed now that I’m not singing anymore…

That’s interesting. i’ve also gotten comments on how I can be a soprano, since they consider my speaking voice rather low. Because of my speaking voice I always thought I was a mezzo, until a voice teacher showed me my upper range. Her belief was that flexibility both ways is good - if you in a balanced way explore your lower range, it will strengthen the upper range - and opposite. She definitely expanded MY range, and I was happy to get out of the mezzo range where the exact break of my chest/head voice was. Though this too was smoothed out, I still found the higher notes easiest. 

But that was many moons ago. Now I sound like a crow. 

Mary Michael Patterson is very team Raoul (how could you not be when Jeremy Hays is your Raoul I mean come on) her love for Raoul is so clear in AIAOY and she pretty much wants nothing to do with the Phantom during the final lair. I love her Christine so much.

I need to see a lot more of her Christine. Every time I hear tidbits of her portrayal, I’m thinking it sounds so interesting. She sounds gutsy. I’ll add her to my mental Team Raoul list :)

I absolutely love this blog!!!!!!!!!:):)

WELCOME TO THE MADNESS! :) :) 

Oh, since you asked so nicely! A photo set (gifs?) of vrs. Phantoms swirling their cape off at the end of the title song? Thank you!
Ok so i have a couple of questions. please bare with me haha. first, when christine is taken the first time to the lair, does she know that the phantom and her angel are one and the same? does she realize that her angel isnt an angel after all? im not sure if this is clear but its very confusing for me hahaha. As well, do you know which christines look down at.. ahem.. the phantoms crotch during MOTN? could u do a gifset/photoset? thanks :)
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I guess your first question is up to interpretation.

For me, it seems like she realize her angel is a/the Phantom, but she has yet to discover he’s just a man, a dangerous man. In the novel she realize this when Raoul tells her he too heard the voice speaking to her in her dressing room (=Mirror scene). She understands it can’t be the Angel of Music if they both heard him. She flees to Perros to sort her thoughts and maybe get some spiritual guidance from her long gone father (=Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again). In the musical the order of these scenes is a bit different, but I think musical!Christine realize the same thing - that he’s not an angel, but a man - either in the unmasking in the First Lair, or around the killing of Buquet. At the rooftop she does at least separate between the two. 

That MOTN pose - do you mean when they’re over at the portcullis? I think I have enough photos of that :) 

what would be your 5 least favourite musicals? and why?
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I don’t think I have musicals I absolutely hate. It’s so dependent on the quality of the production and the cast. 

But as a general rule jukebox musicals and an overload of based-on-movie musicals tend to bore me big time. I’ve given Shrek, Legally Blonde, We Will Rock You and Mamma Mia a chance, but… zzzznore. 
(I did however hugely enjoy the Mamma Mia MOVIE). 

Christine and Raoul ready for Masquerade 

1. Emma Frost and Emil Ritter, Copenhagen. 
2. Claire Lyon and Jordan Pollard, Bangkok/World Tour. 
3. Gina Beck and Simon Bailey, West End. 
4. Viktoria Krantz Tocca and Tomas Ambt Kofod, Copenhagen. 
5. Brad Little and Kimilee Bryant, Broadway. 
6. Marni Raab and John Bowles, World Tour. 
7. Ashleigh Fleming and Antony Hansen, West End. 
8. Kristen Hertzenberg and Andrew Ragone, Las Vegas.
9. Janet Chvatal and Andrew Hambly-Smith, Vienna.  

Do you think you could do a photoset comparing the 1925 POTO movie costumes with the ALW stage production?
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Why does americans speak much deeper than they sing??? I was watching Sierra's vlogs and was shocked by her deep voice, and when I thought about it most native english speakers speak the same way. I'm swedish, and I'm pretty sure we don't have a big difference between singing voice and speaking voice,I mean you can hear it when you speak to a swedish/norwegian soprano.
Anonymous

I don’t think this is a thing? Trying to think of how my friends talk (and sings) and I see no definite pattern there. Or maybe I don’t know enough singers. :) 

I just saw that picture of Olivia and her wig is so similar to Gina Beck's! Do you think they're the same one?
Anonymous

Wigs are usually custom made to its wearer in POTO West End rather than inherited. But it might be the same hair type used, so the hair behaves the same way? It also reminds a lot of the wig Sofia Escobar wore late in her run. :)

Triangle girl in Moscow is Mercedesz Csampai :) I'd recognise her face anywhere! Plus, she posted a picture on her Facebook page.

I know she does play the Triangle Girl, just wasn’t sure it was her in that press viewing thing. Thanks for confirming! 

Thanks for posting Stockholm photos, as it's one of my most favourite casts ever! I kinda wonder why Mikael Samuelson didn't wear any ring on the left photo? Funny, I saw this picture before on inner sleeve of Swedish cast vinyl recording, but paid no attention to it back then.

I’m on a Stockholm high right now, so I’m glad the spamming is appreciated :) My guess with that ringless photo is that it’s from rehearsal/preview days? It’s one of the first publicity photos to come out of the Stockholm production. But it might also have been a glitch that day. 

Remember those rumors about Olivia Brereton coming to do the US Tour? Do you think she'll be taking over Christine since Julia Udine is going to Broadway?
Anonymous

Oooh. I had forgotten about that rumour. That’s an interesting though! The timing seems right, but I have a feeling she’s ready for new challenges? 

operafantomet:

Her Majesty’s Theatre, London, during intermission. 

operafantomet:


Her Majesty’s Theatre, London, during intermission. 

I love the crazy Swedish/Danish Hannibal slavegirl tiaras. They’re so ornamental and spiky and awesome. I WANT ONE. 

1. Jennifer Wagstaffe, Copenhagen. 
2. + 3. Mia Karlsson, Copenhagen. 
4. Inger Olsson Moberg, Stockholm. 
5. Tua Åberg, Stockholm. 
6. Johanne Brockmann, Stockholm. 
7. Unknown, Stockholm. 
8. Inger Olsson Moberg, Stockholm. 
9. Rachel Horn, Copenhagen.