Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Lea Michele (Rachel from Glee) - Vocal Profile/ Range

Vocal Type:Soprano
Vocal Range:2 Octaves 1 notes and a semitone F#3-A5
Vocal Pluses:Technical singer with a good grasp of her voice as a whole, thus the sound it produces is always supported well. Her chest voice is crystal clear and has great dynamics, with the higher belted notes being reached through the aid of mixing with the head voice. Her intonation and delivery is also brilliant meaning her voice can effectively communicate a song's emotion and sentiment without sacrificing the audibility of the lyrics.
Vocal Negatives:Her vocal styling means that the vast majority of her performances have a theatrical feel to them, suggesting a limitation to the genres she can sing. Also her chest register can sometimes sound overbearingly strong/piercing, especially when the notes aren't softened with vibrato.



150 comments:

  1. hey!:) i wanted to thank you for this blog. it's really good...
    any way, as far as i know leah is a soprano girl...
    She even confirmed it in an interview (i can't remember which one it was) made only a few weeks after GLEE became a sensation...
    and you know, my personal thinking is that Nobody know your own voice better than yourself! :D

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  2. hey DavidBlack! Thanks for the comment and the info! Will change now!

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  3. hello! i remember that lea is mezzo soprano just like Barbra Streisand. and the role that her fictional character, Rachel, wanted to play in les miserables is Eponine, and is for a mezzo soprano singer! she even sings 'on my own' for the first audition on Glee.

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  4. @anon, thanks for the tip. will change it!

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  5. Don't go breaking my heart. I am sure that all Lea has to do is practice the style of a rock singer,to sound like one. She hasn't been at it that long.

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  6. @anon, ahh don't be sad. Its just my opinion, and if your don't agree then that's just as valid. Besides, you could be right about her being more adaptable. we'll just have to wait and see ;)

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  7. @anon - If you check Wikipedia, sopranos with a solid sound can play Eponine too. So Lea Michele is still possibly a soprano.

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  8. WOW.. out of all of them. obviously lea is the best.

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  9. I think that Lea is definitely one of the most talented female vocalists, she show great range and flexibilty.

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  10. I think her voice is horrible and ugly. I really hate the way it sounds.

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  11. Can someone list all the songs used? They go by so fast even though I know them!

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  12. I heard from an interview, she said she was a Soprano since she was a little kid. 

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  13. I think the other anonymous person meant "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" as in the song Lea Michele sung on Glee. Lol.

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  14. I like Ms. Lea Michele's vocal range. So I hope she can whistle, too. I'm a contralto but someone said that I'm a soprano.

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  15. I think Ms. LM is a lyric soprano.

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  16. I'm sure she's not a soprano, but a mezzo!

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  17. I think she is mezzo

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  18. she is a soprano.. only 2 octaves i though she was like 3.5 or something any way i love her voice  

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  19. The hell??? Kesha and Vannessa Hudgens have a bigger vocal range... dafuq???? There's clearly a problem. Lea has a much more powerful voice

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  20. Range does not equal power at all. One can have the largest range on earth but sound like a screaming Yach monkey (yes im shading Georgia Brown). 

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  21.  Actually Lea's range is F3-Bb5 and all of that's in chest (and mixed) So she clearly does have larger range. But range doesn't equal having a good voice. i.e Georgia Brown, Niccola Sedda, and others.

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    1. When has lea hit a bb5?

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  22. That's so true, what's going on here -_-

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  23. The range or the voice type is wrong. She doesn't even hit soprano C.

    Anyways I feel like she's a mezzo. Her voice resonates better at lower notes. Just because someone says they're soprano doesn't mean they are.

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    1. If she's a soprano, I'm pretty sure she can go higher than A5. She has the capability to go beyond her tessitura.

      I just know that either her voice type or range is incorrect here.

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  24. Is that her vocal range in only chest voice? You should include her head voice too. It's only fair. She had a pretty nice head voice note in Tonight (West Side Story Song).

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  25. Its very hard to place Lea's voice, she has been described as a 'powerhouse' alto, and mezzo soprano. If we are to base it on the roles she has played or parts she has been given to sing she is a soprano just listen to her sing one hand one heart on Glee. As we know the part of Maria is definitely a soprano. What it is strange about Lea is the fact she does not always choose to sing with with her whole vocal range, while he has good grasp of her head voice it is very rarely used but she has show cased notes to E5 with it example touch me from spring awakening. Although her skill at mixing head and chest is remarkably her belted notes are excellent to the point of piercing the example A5 on Halo/walking on sunshine. I think what Lea is blessed with is a gorgeous tone and timbre to her voice, Her range is equaled if not surpassed by Amber Riley however I don't care much for Ambers tone and timbre. I do agree with Diva when she doesn't soften chest notes with vibrato it becomes overbearing this happened to her when performing Don't rain on my parade at the Tonys she put alot into her performance almost aggressive but lost breathing control and her vibrato on the last notes and the performance suffered because of it. She gave better performances of this live at the Glee tour. Over all I have to say I adore this girls voice, it is sheer pleasure to listen to. And what definitely needs noting is that she has single handedly reinvented how many tracks in the last 3 years. Her interpretation of Paramores Only exception and Ushers without you are remarkable. To top is all off she is wonderful comedic actress and a beautiful girl I hope gets the recognition for being so talented and has a wonderful career when Glee ends the Barbara comparisons need to end let her being known for being the wonder Lea Michele and not a Barbara impersonator.

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  26. Dave, her voice seems to be really  versatile, but her best notes seems to be the ones in 5th octave, also her speaking voice is high and light. She also considers herself a soprano, and who knows her voice better, than herself?
    I think she is definitely able to hit few more notes with her delicate and pleasant head voice (like suprisingly amazing duet with Dianna - I feel pretty/Unpretty), she goes pretty high in song from West Side Story. Anyway, she's a great example that the vocal range doesn't decide about vocal talent.
    I wouldn't agree with a limitation of genres. She sang not only musical theatre and power ballads, but she's also a great rock singer (check We Got the Beat, I Love Rock 'n Roll), able to sing delicate ballads (like Bee Gees' How Deep is Your Love), makes cheap pop tunes great (like Katy Perry's tracks etc.), R&B (Take A Bow), carefree "fun" songs (Flashdance What A Feeling, Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead! - sounds sort of jazzy in the second one). Anyway, theatricality seems to be her element, so you might be right.
    Cheers, DD!
     I'm addicted to your blog, it's not only full of infos and your brilliant writing,  but also for respect you have for your readers and civilised discussions, so rare in the Internet :)
    Sorry for the long post.

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  27. PS. Sorry for my grammar, I forgot to check it before sending...

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  28. I think that Tonight and A boy like that/I have a love have the highest notes I´ve heard her singing, even higher than Halo. Also her covers of Cry, It´s all coming back to me now and Paradise by the dashboad light are pretty amazing.

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  29. I totally agree with you. Her version of Take a bow and Firework put the originals to shame.
    Besides, on series when "Rachel" made her curriculum vitae for NYADA it says that her voice is Mezzo/Soprano, Soprano. 

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  30.  I agree. The comparisons with Streisand have to end. This girl isn't in the same league.

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  31. This is great blog, theres nothing like it on the net, I like the way Diva doesn't slay down peoples opinions.
    I've studied voice for a few years so I find this very intriguing,  I love reading about voice types and abilities. I sing myself and extremely critical of others voices so I find this site refreshing. ( Not that my own is in anyway great)! May be we could submit our own personal recordings for Diva's valued opinion ;-)

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  32. Yea, she has amazing high notes. I wish she displayed her head voice more so that she wouldn't be branded with a "2 octave" range because I know it's at least three if she included her head voice.

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  33. "Maybe we could submit our own personal recordings for Diva's valued opinion ;-"that would be awesome ^^

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  34. Yuval michaelis4 June 2012 20:44

    She's good in her own way !
    Lea michele is unique , she's one of a kind , just like Barbara .
    Both have great voices in their on ways ...

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  35. Sorry but no, Lea is fine in HER way but no way is she in the same league as Streisand. And she absolutely does not have the kind of unique quality voice Streisand had. And it's Barbra btw ;D

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  36. I agree, for me Lea is just belt belt belt (a bit like Amber) but not to say she is not talented, but yeh Babs is way more vocally talented!

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  37. She has sung an E3 in the beginning of Glee's rendition of "For Good", whennshe sings the part "unlimited", she goes down to an E3.

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  38. patrick.castillo1994@yahoo.com11 June 2012 16:33

    hey she hit an E3 in the song "I Was Here" so i guess her Vocal Range now is (E3-A5) 2 octaves, & 3 notes.

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  39. wait... i thought she was mezzo-soprano

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  40. Nah, her vocal range is ver mezzo-soprano esque but her voice fach is lyric soprano, or so Lea Michele believes anyway (it's what she said about herself). She usually performs (outside of glee) in the soprano range, especially on classical numbers.

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  41. She hit a E3 in I Won't Give Up and a Bb5 in Ding Dong The Witch is Dead.
    Can someone say me it's true?

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  42. ADD
    MORE

    MALE

    VOCAL

    RANGES.

    P.s. Lea Michele is one in a million. I worship her. Her vocal competence is outstanding & is a true genuine talent.

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  43. I've heard she hit an e3 in I won't give up, I was here, and for good...and someone mentioned she hit some of them in harmony in either of the first two. And she hit a bb5 in ding dong the witch is dead. And she's pretty low for a soprano and doesn't go high enough... Maybe she's a mezzo?

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  44. Joemarc Valdez15 July 2012 17:23

    It's true but it was a studio, not live. But I think she can hit them live.

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  45. Joemarc Valdez15 July 2012 17:25

    A soprano can hit high notes but that doesn't mean they have wide range.

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  46. Joemarc Valdez15 July 2012 17:30

    I don't care what other people say about her but this lady inspired me a lot. She may not have the widest range (what's the use of hitting notes in the 6th octave if it is for opera and rockers who wants to scream only: lea michele is not an opera performer) but she has the best voice for me and billboard.com even named her as a triple threat (a singer, dancer and an actor). I'm one of her biggest fan!

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  47. About the vocal negatives, I think she has managed to loose the broadway feel to her songs. It was very obvious in the first season, but in the third, mid second season I never thought about it.


    Something worth listening to:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVTrgz09qas

    This proves she is not just a powerfull belter, but has a really sweet, youthfull, fragile and delicate voice/tone.


    This also shows her sweet headvoice.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urTFedZVZNw

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  48. יובל מיכאליס31 August 2012 04:16

    I can't agree ...
    But that's what LOVELY about music , it's a matter of opinion. :)
    And I know it's Barbra , just miss clicked :D
    Have a nice day ! <3

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  49. LOL Nope there is also a technical side to it and Lea simply is no competition. You might prefer her voice over Barbra's but really motek, Range and ability wise Lea simply doesn't even come close. :)

    ps where you at in Israel? I lived in Tel Aviv for several years. My favorite city!

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  50. I don't know, Opie. In terms of technique, Lea Michele is pretty much perfect. Have you heard her sing classically? Or on broadway? Or anything but Glee ;)?
    She's been performing on broadway since she was 7. She's fantastic and, as I said, technically unimpeachable. Her vocal range is also a lot larger than it says here, that needs updating! I know Barb is incredible but I think, in terms of technique, they are on par.
    The difference, I think, is purely of taste. Barbra has a warm tone whereas Lea's is bell-like, crystal-clear and quite cool. Personally, I much prefer Lea's voice to Barbra's.
    And @יובל מיכאליס: She isn't just belt belt belt, that's just all Glee makes her do. It's for a role in a TV show.

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  51. Hate to spring it on you but nope, not everybody watches Glee. I sure don't.
    I wonder do you really know Streisand or do you know her mostly by reputation and some of her more recent albums?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNHVwwIIJXc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAVlk4F2qkw

    Enough said right there I think. But just to belabor the point...Where Lea tries to do an imitation of Streisand in the movie but lacks the fire, she doesn't manage the staccato singing, sounds sluggish, isn't as "jazzy"and certainly sounds incredibly stagey. Nowhere does she get near to going through the anger, defiance, joy Streisand goes through in the one song. Lea pretty much sounds the same the whole song through and that same is pretty subdued in energy compared to the lyrics and melody.

    Streisand sings it very different than in the movie yet totally nails every emotion. She takes you on the same emotional trip while being able to sing two quite different versions.

    Another example ( though admittedly Lea's rendition the audio is very poor I think it still suffices to demonstrate why Lea is not on the same level as Streisand was)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUgf9HG8EyA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMYCj3IJ_VQ

    And if I ever hear Lea equal or top these , then maybe I will agree she is in the same league but until that time...No Way!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJWJzWD0XIQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTzvXP5OywA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKl7K4v9AoU

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  52. I love this blog. I agree with nost of your assessment and Lea's profile is spot on. But I think she is a versatile singer, her technigue my sounded very theatric but she can still sing pop tunes brilliantly. Her rendition of Journey's Faithfully also shows her affinity with slow rock. And her rendition of tunes like Tke A Bow, Taking Chances, Firework, Roots Over Branches etc.. Shows her versatality on pop music.

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  53. The comparison needs to end yet you say she isn't in the same league as Streisand?If you didn't know Lea looks upto Barbara, she's the influence. So ofcourse Streisand is better. Barbara is technically a better singer than Lea, but some people prefer the timbre in Lea's voice more.

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  54. I love you xd I agree with every singke word. She's a versatile singer.

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  55. And good for them if they like the timbre more. As long as they don't call her "better or equal singer to Streisand" they won't hear a peep out of me.

    Whether Lea looks up to Streisand is neither here nor there. I would never compare the two.Not only is Streisand technically better she is also artistically better.
    I am simply responding to those who DO compare the two. If you agree with me, you should take it up with the ones who do that comparing, not the one responding to it. If you don't agree, you just made a very poor case for why you don't.

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  56. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVLwlFJad54
    0:50-0:54 i think she hits a new low note?
    And she's definitely gone higher than this! Let me find some links!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsmdL95ZTS0 2:34, not sure if its higher but it definitely showcases her perfect head voice

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTS_oT8lsvA 3:17 and 3:50 is definitely high

    Not sure if they're higher actually, but listen to them. This profile needs a revamp i think. It's definitely lower, the first link.

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  57. Lea has belted a Bb5 before, I'll try and find the link to it.
    Neither of the two "high" notes add onto her range but the low note sounded to be an Eb3.

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  58. Ah here we go /watch?v=cAShaI2vgV8 Bb5 at 1:30, a bit of tension on it but it was nice :)

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  59. That's an A5 haha.

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  60. No it's a Bb5, it's a different vocal from the one in the studio version of Halo where she hits an A5, just play them over top one another if you don't believe me :)

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  61. OMG you don't about vocals get out of here. Range DOES NOT EQUAL good singing.

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  62. It is. But she hasn't sung it live.

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  63. Timbre doesn't have anything to do with quality? I disagree. It's all about opinions some may find Lea's timbre bad quality, some may find Barbara's bad quality. So it has to do with quality. And you seem to be comparing too. Better or not, it's all subjective.

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  64. Hogwash! "timbre" has nothing to do with quality and everything with personal taste. There is no such thing as "bad timbre".
    As for me comparing..I am afraid you missed the point there. The reason I say there is no comparing is because they are not in the same league. And NO, it is not "all subjective".
    You are just another Lea fan who probably, like most of them, never really listened to Streisand. I put up a nice list in response to Mperry. You should go check that out and then hang your head in shame at ever having suggested it's "all subjective". ;D

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  65. I confirm that's indeed Bb5. She might have hit that a tad more smoothly if she had chosen to mix it more with head voice. She used mostly chest on that last note, so it was a bit coarser overall. Still, a clean Bb5.

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  66. Yes.


    No I am not. I like and respect Barbara more than Lea actually. And the "subjective" I used was for the timbre not the singing. For singing obviously Barbara is better. I'm not arguing with that. But the preference of the voice is a subjective matter, that's all I'm saying.

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  67. Osh, another individual entering discussions in English without a much needed dictionary and comprehension level. Or is it that you are just back pedaling( which often includes a certain amount of fibbing) after realizing you made a mistake?

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  68. I think you were comparing their performances.... anyway we are on terms.

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  69. I love her voice! I'm not blessed with the technical know-how that these master debaters below are but I'll tell you when I first heard her voice I was blown away. The way I hear it is that when she belts, it sounds like more than one voice is singing, it blows my mind how people are capable of such a thing but either way, the girl is blessed and lucky enough to reach the masses with her singing. She loves Streisand, worships her so I'm not surprised that she emulates her in ways most people can't, however, there will only be one Whitney, one Streisand, one Mariah, and one Celine. They all started somewhere and Lea is still on a journey which will most likely lead her back to Broadway because that is where her vocal stylings flourish. She reminds me of Idina more than Streisand though.

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  70. Well, yes, in response to her covering Barbra songs and people raving, I was linking to Streisand herself doing them. But that obviously means the comparison came to live through her covers. Not my arguing. ;D

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  71. Her voice is simply heavenly, crisp, rasp, crystal clear, perfect pitch. Nobody sings like her. I love woman that brave to choose a unique way for themselves, like Lea and Florence.

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  72. She sounds like a lyric mezzo-soprano to me... Her voice is pretty light, but she has that mezzo-soprano push in her belts.

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  73. I agree, strikes me as a lyric mezzo-soprano rather than a lyric soprano.

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  74. I agree, that Barbara's voice is technically better. I mean she has how much more experience then Lea?! And Lea is still a little too young to get that sound, but I think the ppl who are buying music right now, prefer Lea's. BECAUSE it has a more youthful sound to it and in the end while you may say record sales don't matter, in this day and age they can make or break an artist. If Barbara had been discovered in this time, she probably wouldn't have sold as good as she did in her heydey.

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  75. LOL Except Barbra did sound that good at the same age Lea is now and she also sounded "youthful" when she started so o say she wouldn't sell as well if she was discovered today is a fine example of fallacious reasoning.

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  76. I am really curious about her head voice actually. I want to know how it sounds like.

    Why is not used by her??

    Sparklilu I watched yesterday a video comparing riley's A5 with michele's and i could hear the ring you said about riley's voice.I couldn't understand michele's.i don't know if she used head voice at all!Well maybe because i am not an expert!;)

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  77. She seldom uses head voice. Because she's a big belter, this requires the use of chest voice in much of her belted notes. The head voice usage she has shown usually involves mixing the belts or using passages in the lower fifth octave. She's a definite chester.

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  78. Yeah i totally agree with you about the "chester" thing!
    But I want to ask you something:
    Now that she is starting her solo album don't you thing that she will be needed her head voice?I mean in glee riley did the C6s so far in every song needed those notes.Now what??
    I mean michele purposely reduces her range by not using head voice. I don't know if i make any sanse at all to you?


    P.S: Well some claim that head voice is overrated.I don't know.

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  79. The goal of becoming a better vocalist is to be able to use and control your registers at will. For Lea's past theatrical corpus of music, head voice was viewed as somewhat less useful as Broadway shows tend to be more about large, voluminous belted notes outside of particular roles and parts (Kristin Chenoweth is a coloratura soprano and takes roles tailored to her specific sound, for example.) However, having a developed head voice is important, no matter what genres you sing. That's why many seasoned singers have large ranges but tend to use a particular part of them most often. You seldom hear any songs where the entire range is used. However, as Lea diversifies she will find it to her advantageous to develop and deploy her head voice, especially if she is tackling material with higher flourishes a sensitive disposition, or a higher tessitura than her previous work. Every voice type tends to have a natural strength or color in a particular register. Further, particular individuals might be stronger or weaker in a given area. As an artist matures, one must attempt to develop the other registers so they are connected and usable.

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  80. So you are basically say that in order to become a solo artist she will have to explore her head voice more a little bit different from her previous broadway experience.Thank yoy for the time you have taken to answer me.Much appreciated, i assure you.But I have two last questions and i' m done i swear. ;)
    When do you think lea' s "peak" could be? I mean she is 26 yers old.Is there a specific period for sopranos to reach their peak?(I am sorry about the silly question)
    And another one and the last as i promised:
    Where is lea's niche in her range?I read somewhere that Her niche is in the middle register really,D5-E5 area.Is this correct? I really loved her version of "It' s all coming back to me know" and those G#5 on "Faithfully"..

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  81. Yes. As she grows she will want to explore all of her voice ideally through a variety of different material. As far as "peak", that depends. Every individual voice has a different peak. I don't feel Lea is a soprano (sopranos generally shine most in head voice, mezzos shine most in middle register) but again it varies a lot by the actual singer.

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  82. thank you!!You are the best!:)))

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  83. I think she might be able to sing higher. The performances I've seen of her, she never sang higher than an A#5, but it was a powerful note. I'm sure she's capable of more.

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  84. OMG you don't about vocals get out of here. Range DOES NOT EQUAL good singing.

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  85. Timbre doesn't have anything to do with quality? I disagree. It's all about opinions some may find Lea's timbre bad quality, some may find Barbara's bad quality. So it has to do with quality. And you seem to be comparing too. Better or not, it's all subjective.

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  86. I confirm that's indeed Bb5. She might have hit that a tad more smoothly if she had chosen to mix it more with head voice. She used mostly chest on that last belt, so it was a bit tenser overall. Still, a clean Bb5.

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  87. Yes.


    No I am not. I like and respect Barbara more than Lea actually. And the "subjective" I used was for the timbre not the singing. For singing obviously Barbara is better. I'm not arguing with that. But the preference of the voice is a subjective matter, that's all I'm saying.

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  88. It is. But she hasn't sung it live.

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  89. THAT was exactly what I was saying and you started to argue me on. The preference for a voice is entirely subjective. How good a singer is.... not quite.

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  90. Hogwash!
    "timbre" has nothing to do with quality and everything with personal taste. Just because you use "quality" incorrectly doesn't make "taste" equal "quality".
    Obviously the word quality here is used in it's definition of "a : degree of excellence".

    As for me comparing..I am afraid you missed the point there. The reason I say there is no comparing is because they are not in the same league. And NO, it is not "all subjective".
    You are just another Lea fan who probably, like most of them, never really listened to Streisand. I put up a nice list in response to Mperry. You should go check that out and then hang your head in shame at ever having suggested it's "all subjective". ;D

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  91. Isn't Lea Michele a mezzo-soprano? For instance, her voice sounds very strong in her chest voice. In comparison to a true soprano like Kristen Chenoweth whose voice sounds childish in her belting voice and mature and beautiful in her head voice, Lea's voice sounds very full in her chest and belting voice. She can't go nearly as high a soprano like Sarah Brightman or Julie Andrews, and she can sing a whole note. Besides, Lea Michele has a very strong middle voice, which is very unusal for a true soprano, as most have issues projecting with their middle voice.

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  92. I do love Lea Michele's voice though. You're right her chest voice is so crystal clear

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  93. Also a mezzo-soprano's highest note ranges from A3-A5 in scientific pitch notation according to wikipedia's classical definition of a mezzo-soprano

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  94. Where did you see her curriculum?

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  95. We are talking about Lea because she is amazing. Streisand is like Celine or whitney houston, They are like Golden Singer's! you can't compare them to another young singer because they are just In a unique league. I really like Michele's voice, I think she has a voice that we have never seen, I'm from Venezuela and we don't have that theater culture and now because of Lea's vocal ability I am now into theater. Barbra it's Unique and you can't compare her to anyone. But I think Lea is down that road, because she is an amazing singer and everytime she hold those big notes your mind blows.

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  96. I responded in this tread to the fact that people WERE comparing her to Streisand. Which I agree is not apt.
    Good for you if you love this singer. Even better if she inspired you to get into some musical genre. But nope, I don't believe even ''down the road'' she will be in Streisand's league. She is 26 right now. Look at my other commets where I posted videos of Streisand between 19 and 26.

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  97. I don't know if it's because I'm too young to be familiar enough with Barbara, but I consider Lea better simply because her voice is more pleasant to my ears than Barbara's.
    Barbara's technique may be better, but Lea's is good too. You can disagree, but (using your own words) it just means you're wrong. :D
    My current obsession: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZJMihfCqRw

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  98. You are definitely correct in your infamiliarity.Seeing as you consistently misspell her name.
    Barbra isn't just a better singer techniically but also artistically. Really dude she simply is a far superior singer in ever aspect. Your liking Leah's voice better doesn't mean Leah is a better singer. It ONLY means you llke her better. But quality is not judged on what Y likes best.;-)

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  99. Ps my current obsession ;-)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0D4GSG1Bh8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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  100. Lea's tessitura might be F#3 - A5, but her range is mysterious. I listened to her sing "Love Song" (by Sara Bareilles) tonight, and she sang comfortably along that F3 and even did a little slide down to E#3, though that MAY have been Dianna Agron singing in the background.

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  101. Get ready, everyone. I'm watching tonight's episode of Glee, and it started off with Lea singing operatically higher than I have ever heard her sing. Sixth octave I mean.

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  102. Most people here are forgetting that range is not used to designate a fach in mainstream. Only the color and weight it used. Lea has the weight of a Soprano and her voice is "full" and has moderate volume to it. She's a Full Lyric Soprano. She has a good legato in the 5th octave. She cannot be a mezzo, as she lacks the weight, and it's impossible she's a contralto when her voice isn't even androgynous, and most are forgetting that usage of alto for voices is technically wrong outside of choir music.

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  103. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF9ndZDNBrc - Her studio range. It's Eb3-Bb5.

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  104. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZorGm7Kcj4 i think leas range is higher the last no te here is crazy but could someone who knowa this stuff tell me please them you!!!

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  105. Wish people would stop comparing Lea to Barbra. Also wish people would stop trying to shove their opinions down others throats by telling them their wrong in their opinion.Lea is an amazing singer in my opinion (which I'm allowed) as is Barbra and I believe that Lea will get better with time. The thing is that Lea and Barbra have unique voices and I can usually tell who it is singing after I hear them sing a couple of lines. The world would be a very boring place if everyone had the same opinion. I personally prefer listening to Lea although I prefer Barbra on certain songs, doesn't make me wrong just means I have a different set of views.

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  106. Just to reiterate - Lea Michele is now consistently hitting sixth octave notes when she "warms up" etc, most recently in the shower in Episode 17. And she's gone lower, too, I believe.

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  107. She did a scale from B5 to D6 in the "Diva" episode of glee. Also she hit a Eb3 in give your heart a break. Her range is bigger now

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  108. She hits a low note live in this at 0:43-0:45
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEYV5bNMZVo

    She could definitely go lower. But yeah can we please get a quick range update on this diva? ;)

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  109. ALSO JUST A QUICK NOTE ON LEA MICHELE AND THE PEOPLE WHO CONSTANTLY SAY SHE ISNT AS TALENTED AS THIS PERSON OR THAT PERSON OR WHATEVER;
    You realise that 90% of the available music you have listened to her sing is from GLEE of all things, which means it is autotuned, belt-focused and always going to be "show-tune esque" as her character in the show is a girl who's everything depends on getting to and revolves around broadway. Her voice on the show and the way she uses it is completely up to their artistic directors. She's working on a solo album this year - then we'll be able to judge her properly. At the moment, I focus more on her pre-Glee performances even though she has definitely developed since then.


    And yeah. She's gone lower and way higher than this vocal range gives her credit for :)

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  110. No need to shout, not going to over shout the truth.

    As one of ( and my guess would be the main one you are referring lol) those people saying she isn't as good as Streisand, just want to point out...she isn't.
    And the only reason I say so is in response to Lea fans making the comparison.

    Now, like said before...I don't watch Glee. I heard people make the comparison and did what I always do....look for live videos on youtube. Specifically of her doing Streisand tunes. Consequently your excuses for her hold no water.

    Streisand btw did her own thing fom day one and stopped the show each night as a virtually unknown in her first one song role in her first musical. She was 20 at the time.
    And when she sings any tune, right from day one as well, she sang it in her very individual style.

    I wont bother with the proof because I did before and know you don't care about the truth.

    As for Lea, she is technically a fine singer but is lacking her own personality. At 26....that's not really saying much in her favor.

    As for your statement one cannot judge the vocals of any of the Glee cast based on that show...I absolutely agree. And like you, I wish people would stop doing so.
    The fact that she can hit certain high or low notes does not put her in Streisands league.

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  111. I can't be bothered going back and reading the argument but I don't dispute that, when it comes to a Streisand song, she doesn't do them as well as her.


    She's been on Broadway for a while, but she's been incredible on Broadway - she originated and developed the lead female role in an incredible successful musical (Spring Awakening). I would call her Broadway career a huge success.


    I don't think it has anything to do with "has taken her this long to get a solo album" - she hasn't been pushing for one? She was Broadway, and then she focussed on acting. It's not like she was desperately approaching record labels and being turned down. It just wasn't in her key interests.


    This wasn't actually overly directed at you, more just the constant comparisons to other artists. And the points about her vocal range had nothing to do with putting her in the same league as Barbs, at all, I just didn't want to clog the page with separate comments.


    AND FINALLY about her "being 26" and that being a big deal; women have very individual vocal maturity ages. Barba matured early. Lea hasn't gotten to that stage yet - that's not lack of talent. That's genetics. The average age for a female's voice to mature fully is around 36, but there are many maturity stages in between. It's got nothing to do with technique or training - Julie Andrews went through a major vocal maturity when she was 8-9. As a consequence, she was singing full soprano arias by age 11. Lea many still surprise in years to come - or she may not, we'll see. But at the end of the day, we can't really judge her voice fully until she sings some original content.

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  112. Lol Streisand wasn't ''pushing for a record deal'' either.

    You keep missing the point if you think the reason she isn't in the same league is her , at 26 , not being ''vocally mature''.

    The 'proof' I meant to refer to videoslinks to Streisand's orginal ( and live, preautotune era) performances of spngs Lea covered.
    If you cared to those would be easily spotted in a scroll. ;-)

    Like I said...not questioning her range or ability to hit notes. I certainly think no question Lea can sing.
    The problem is that to hit Streisand's laegue you need to excell in different areas as well. Not just have pleasant voice and be able to hit certain notes.
    You need to match the interpretive skill, the phrasing skill, the originality of style and voice.

    All in all...it is not my contention Lea isn't a fine singer. I only take exception to any claim made she is in Streisand's league ( or, even you have to admit, the uttely laughable claim some of Lea's fans made that she is better).

    And I also don't mean to argue anybody Liking Lea better. Streisand's highly personal style is guaranteed to put some people of. :-)
    But liking a singer better doesn't equal that singer being better.
    I mean...I personally like Alison Krauss as much as Streisand. Material wise I like her work even better. Plus she plays the fiddle lol.
    But, I am fully aware it would be silly to claim Krauss as a singer is in Streisand's league.:-)

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  113. Thanks for that. This whole profile needs a spruce up- especially considering the URL says "regine-velasquez-vocal-profile-range.html". ERGH!

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  114. I agree, she's a total mezzo-soprano belter, which is the voice the excels in musical theatre and many other genres of music. Also, the middle voice types for male and female are the MOST COMMON (baritones and mezzo-sopranos, there are different colorations, of course). Anyway, yes, total mezzo. It should be changed and her opinion should not be given validity just because she says so.

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  115. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt-hqLNDrK8

    Update please!!!

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  116. Not totally sure, but I think she went lower than the profile says when she sang "To love you more" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcwJ-UpEE6E. Doen't she hit a C3 in the words "She won't"? I'm not still good at recognising notes by ear, so I may be wrong

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  117. Lea herself admitted she was a high soprano and always sang soprano on a interview with Seth Rudetsky on his talk show. The video is on youtube: Lea Michele - Seth's Chatterbox, 2007 at 5:22 in the video is where she talks about it. Lea has an amazing voice and I'm sure is probably capable of singing to at least a High Eb6 or E6

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  118. anyone would know without guess that she is a soprano by her tone and simplicity of high note execution. the only fault I find with Lea is that her voice sounds immature like a shouting little girl in rebelliousness. but she sings Lyrically like broadway

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  119. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt-hqLNDrK8 It says Eb3-D6
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcwJ-UpEE6E but 0:50-0:58 sounds reeaaally low to me.

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  120. Yesterday her boyfriend Corey Monteith (Finn in Glee) was found dead in hotel in Vancouver. I wonder how it will affect Lea both in the show and in the album she was planning to release...

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  121. Joshua Pelayo20 July 2013 17:08

    I do too... I hope she gets back on track as soon as posible.

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  122. I bet she won't apper in Glee anymore: it'll be too painful for her. But who knows, maybe the death of Cory inspires her to make great and deep songs of it and her album becomes success, I personally hope so, she deserves it.

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  123. Joshua Pelayo23 July 2013 15:54

    She will return to Glee. Ryan Murphy told. And I also hope that she does what you said "make great and deep songs of it and her album becomes success"

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  124. LOL so many great and deep songs already about drugs and alcohol addiction by some of the greatest songwriters, I doubt she will have anything to add.

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  125. Diva devotee please update this article, lea Michelle
    has improved a lot and her register is wider. It can be seen in songs like To
    love you more http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lThFyaySygs
    or in It's All Coming Back To Me Now http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqov6q0g-mA
    .Another of her excellent covers is Touch me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urJsv776SfM.
    I would really appreciate if you update this as soon as possible thanks.

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  126. UPDATE THIS DIVA DEVOTEE..Leah Michelle is AMAZING listen to River,ON MY OWN,

    on my own http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNFO7YQKL3I

    RIVER http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-594U07NZfw

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  127. Maybe This Time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlMNNvbmVJw

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  128. Well, just because someone has written a song about a certain topic doesn't mean that another person can't do another great song about it. There are a lot of great songs about love and there will be even more, for example. Come on Opie, I know you don't really like Lea, but give her at least a chance :P

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  129. Oh never meant to imply people might not be writing great new lovesongs as we speak.
    RL Castleman is probably working on one, Patti griffin perhaps, Robert Plant, Marina Diamandis, Florence Welch, Adele, Lana Del rey, Anouk....too many to mention even. And all of the mentioned people will probably be delivering a pretty good song at that.


    But this girl...I see nothing in her interpretive skills of the lovesongs she has sung that leads me to have much hope for her being able to write a good one herself.
    But ...if I hear of it I will likely give it a listen. And do my best to do so with as open a mind and heart as I can muster.
    I am aware I have been very wrong about such things before. ;-D

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  130. I do feel like she could write a great song about that topic (Or about any other) but I uderestand that you don't have much hope on her since until now we only have seen her singing covers, and some of them not being half as good as the original (I wanted to kill the guy who thought that Lea would be great singing Livin' on a prayer...). As I said, I guess we'll just have to wait for her to release her album.


    I'm not jonesin, by the way, I'm just me XD I think we've talked before, weren't you the girl that wanted to visit Barcelona? I am the guy who told you to go to Mallorca and Valencia instead.

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  131. Oh sorry thought you might know the expression. " jonesin" is slang for a the strong need for something. It was originally used for junkies desperately needing their next hit. But now it's sometimes used for any strong desire for something.
    Was my attempt at a joke.

    I know you're the Spanish dude. I like your comments so I remember who you are. :-)

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  132. Oh OK now I get it XD I'm terrible at getting jokes even in my onw language, so you can imagine what happens with english jokes ^^U I also like your comments, they usually have very interesting thoughts and your sarcasm is really worth reading XD

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  133. It's always tricky to toss such jokes out on an international board. Also at times people are too young to get my references or I am too unhip to get theirs. And that one was a bit old fashioned probably. :-)

    And thanks! XD

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  134. I think Lea kept getting stronger each season and this final song in Season 4 was her best work. I can barely breathe just listening to it.

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  135. Please Diva Devotee could you please update Lea Micheles vocal range, she has improved a lot since you posted this (Tuesday, 9 November 2010). Here are some vocal ranges videos of Ms Michele and some great songs

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF9ndZDNBrc

    Lea Michele Vocal Range (Eb3-D6)Range:Eb3-D6, 2 octaves 6 notes and a semitone.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt-hqLNDrK8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkf9OLLENXY

    I think her best covers are:
    Its all coming back to me now
    To love you more
    My man
    Dont rain on my parade
    My Favorite Things

    Touch Me

    Mama Who Bore Me

    What I Did for Love

    And the ones that show how much her low notes have improved are:
    i was here
    To love you more
    Give your heart a break

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  136. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mOneVpPgIE
    2:30 impressive!

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  137. Lea Michele can also sing geat covers of Ceine dion and Brbra Streissand
    My man
    Being good isnt good enough
    Its all coming back to me now
    To love you more


    And she CAN Sing opera, she did a duet with Santana opez (Naya Rivera). The song is from West side story
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK43wKxSxdE

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  138. And the ones that show how much her low notes have improved are:
    i was here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoyyQ_TottY especially this oone
    To love you more http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nulqu49muhI
    Give your heart a break http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU1isAvIMHQ

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  139. Her resume states that her vocal fach is of a lyric soprano (i venture to think perhaps a full lyric soprano) but with a vocal range of a mezzo soprano. Which might suggest that she feels more comfortable with her chest register and lower notes which might make her head register suffer or is a regular lyric soprano but with a decent lower extension. her resume also states that she is classically trained.

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  140. Her resume states that her vocal fach is of a lyric soprano (i venture to think perhaps a full lyric soprano) but with a vocal range of a mezzo soprano. Which might suggest that she feels more comfortable with her chest register and lower notes which might make her head register suffer or is a regular lyric soprano but with a decent lower extension. her resume also states that she is classically trained.

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  141. I don't know much about vocal technique or whatsoever, but Lea Michele's voice is far more pleasant to my ears than Barbara Streisand's. To me, Lea is the better singer. I listened to both versions of My Man and Don't Rain On My Parade and Michele slayed both songs and killed Streisand.

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  142. Well, you spoke two truths..you know nothing whatsoever and Lea's voice is more pleasant to YOUR ears.
    But..... No, Lea is neither the better singer nor did she slay both songs and killed Streisand.

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  143. Primo Uomo Assoluto19 November 2013 12:07

    Barbra Streisand is a one-in-a-century vocal phenomenon, no one, NO ONE can sing like her.

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  144. So excited for her single to come out next week :D

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  145. http://www.leamichelemusic.com/louderreveal check it out

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  146. Streisand is SO overrated

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  147. CANNONBALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3333333333333

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