How age will wither Laura Bretan’s voice (and yours)

How age will wither Laura Bretan’s voice (and yours)


norman lebrecht

October 10, 2016

Fascinating piece in New York magazine by Justin Davidson on what the ageing process does to the voice – even to those who take good care of their instrument.

The worst thing anyone can do, says one voice therapist, is talk on the phone.

As for the 13 year-old Laura Bretan…

“Her sound is created by severe muscle-manipulation tension,” says the noted voice teacher Bill Schuman. What he hears is a talented little girl depressing the back of her tongue and unnaturally stretching her throat to the point that her muscles will never regain their tautness. He predicts that by the time she is 19, her voice will acquire an uncorrectable wobble.

Read the full article here.