We just signed a vowel-free singer

‘IMG Artists GmbH is delighted to welcome baritone Yngve Søberg to its roster for general management.’


If he ever makes the NY Times, they’ll take half a column explaining how to pronounce it.

He’s from Norway, by the way.


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    • Indeed it can. An example in UK (as well as the use of W as a vowel, effectively) is the name of the town of Ynysybwl, in South Wales.

  • I’m not sure if this comment shows SD’s anglo-centrism or is a criticism of what might be expected from the NY Times. It’s actually not that difficult. And easier, for example, than place names like Altrincham or Worcester, or people’s names like Beauchamp or Cholmondeley.
    Is this a slow news day?

  • Straight from the horse’s mouth (Merriam-Webster):

    “Y is considered to be a vowel if the word has no other vowel. In such cases, the letter ‘y’ is pronounced as either the long vowel ‘e’ or short or long ‘i’ (usually as a long ‘i’ when ending a word).

  • The “y” from “hysteria”, the “ng” from “hang”, the “ve” from “vendor”. Two syllables: “Yng-ve”.

    You’re welcome, NY Times.

  • “…half a column explaining how to pronounce it.”

    You never heard of Yngwie Malmsteen? No metal fan since the 1980s will need an explanation.

  • I imagine Norman Lebrecht isn’t so easy for some people to pronounce. Though I’m sure Scandinavians would have a go! They would also point out that there are several vowels in his name.

  • Well, many music lovers in the English speaking world are already familiar with such a name thanks to the notoriety of Yngwie Malmsteem…

  • and by the way, vowels aside, Yngve is a very fine baritone. I worked with him in Oslo a few years ago and it was immediately clear that he is a big talent. Smart, nice colleague, powerful voice and exciting on stage!

  • Yes, more focus upon someone’s race; what gender; where they came from; how they look; how unusual their name is, blah, blah, blah. This isn’t news, it’s tabloid gossip.

  • The Norwegian alphabet has 9 vowels: a, e, i, o, u, y, æ, ø and å. So the name “Yngve Søberg” contains four vowels.

    This headline is ignorant.

  • Indeed it is but so many of Norman’s headlines are. I like this site for news from the classical world. However it is becoming increasingly difficult to visit mainly because of Norman’s headlines , which are often innacurate, erratic, mismatched to the story or entirely misleading. I’m not sure if it is just sloppy writing or a deliberate attempt to rile. It’s his site so he can do what he wants. Then again so can we and vote with our clicks or lack of.

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