ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008

Vowel placement during operatic singing: 'come si parla' or 'aggiustamento'?

Thomas J. Millhouse, Dianna T. Kenny

This study explored two tenets of the Italian Bel Canto operatic singing technique. "Come si parla" and "aggiustamento." Articulatory changes in the lower formant vowel space of 11 spoken and sung vowels were systematically examined in six male singers. Results showed that singers influence the placement of the lowest formant frequencies in the sung vowel space using both a lowered larynx and modified vowel articulation (aggiustamento) with rising pitch, especially above 220Hz.


doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2008-89

Cite as: Millhouse, T.J., Kenny, D.T. (2008) Vowel placement during operatic singing: 'come si parla' or 'aggiustamento'? Proc. Interspeech 2008, 245-248, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2008-89

@inproceedings{millhouse08_interspeech,
  author={Thomas J. Millhouse and Dianna T. Kenny},
  title={{Vowel placement during operatic singing: 'come si parla' or 'aggiustamento'?}},
  year=2008,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2008},
  pages={245--248},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2008-89}
}