Sunday, March 24, 2013

Vocal Range and Profile: Celine Dion

Vocal Range: Bb2 - C6 - E6 
Longest Note: 15 Seconds
Vocal Type: Lyric Soprano (3 octaves 3 Notes)
Vocal Rating: A-
Recommended Listenings: All By Myself, I Surrender (Live in Las Vegas), My Heart Will Go On

Vocal Positives: Resonant belts. They can be held for long periods of time, without the slightest wavering in pitch. The sharpness in this register allows for her voice to pierce through the heaviest instrumentation. Celine projects her voice in all registers, and maintains vocal agility throughout each octave.

Her lower notes are generally well supported down to D3. The mid-range sometimes carries a rasp with it, but it is soft and makes lyrical lines with ease. The mid-range transitions into the belting register with ease. The head voice carries an operatic ring to it.

Vocal Negatives: The nasally quality to Celine's voice is an acquired taste, though this quality isn't one of bad technique however, as singers in Quebec place their voices in the nasal cavity. Though Celine manages a neutral larynx in the lower part of her range, belts around Eb5 and higher are hit by raising the larynx, which gives the voice a throaty and coarse quality. Her mixing is also uneven from about A5-C6, making the belts thin and heady (though it is remarkable at all that she can mix at all that high). Notes below D3 become very breathy, while intonation and register transitions as a whole are inconsistent. 

B2-E6 (Though the E6 is credited as an exclamation here, the E6 is a head voice exclamation, and is not a scream, so it's being counted)