Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Welcome to another episode of TwoSet Violin. Today we have a- I N T E R E S T I N G episode. Yeah, definitely a very I N T E R E S T I N G episode. 'Cause it's a different type of instrument. The voice. *gasps* And in particular, opera. - ♪ Ah... ♪ - OPERA!! So we've invited our friend, Sanna. If you haven't seen Sanna, she was in our... She was the pro. I remember making that video. It was very hard. And so Sanna has spent time to pick out some of her favourite pieces, iconic opera pieces that we thought we'd share with you guys. We're no experts, so we have Sanna here to- Educate us. ...to educate us with some I N T E R E S T I N G pieces. Songs? Pieces? - I don't know anymore. - Songs. I don't know. I'm gonna get roasted. You will. Okay. So, should we start? - Yes, let's start. - Yes. ♪ Fühlt nicht durch dich Sarastro Todesschmerzen ♪ (If Sarastro does not through you feel The pain of death,) ♪ Sarastro Todesschmerzen ♪ ♪ So bist du meine Tochter nimmermehr ♪ (then you will be my daughter nevermore.) ♪ So bist du meine Tochter nimmermehr ♪ (then you will be my daughter nevermore.) Eddy: Oh, it's so good! ♪ meine Tochter nimmermehr ♪ (be my daughter nevermore.) As a violinist, we all know this. I think most people know this opera. Queen of the Night, right? Yeah. Well, I had to double check. In case I got it wrong. No, it's the Magic Flute. You did get it wrong. Queen of the Night is the aria. But yeah, she's the character. Yeah, okay. Anyway! We're no experts. So, why did you pick this piece? Of course, she's amazing singer. Like, she gets all the notes, but it's not only about the high notes. She also has like a meaning in those. Like, why she is singing so high. As you can see the character, she's really telling her daughter to make a murder. Oh really? Is that what's happening? How she does this character reminds me of like a Disney character, like a super villain. She's dressed up like Maleficent. Yeah, Maleficent! Mm, Maleficent copied The Queen of the Night. (both) Ooh... What makes the scene here so great as well? Like- Is it difficult? It is extremely difficult, of course. (both) Ha ha ha...! We're no experts. She has to hit the high F four times. So if you managed to do it like three times, and then you still have the last one. It's so much pressure on that. I've always had this question actually, this is like the most basic- I N T E R E S T I N G question. For us plebeians that don't know anything about voice. How do you sing so high and low? Like, are you born with it, - or do you have like these... - Yeah. like, gym routines for your throat? It's the practice actually. Gym routine is the practice. We're actually like athletes. You can train your voice. But some voices are more typical to sing high. It's about the larynx and your physics. If you're like a really tall person, you're usually like a bass. That's why little dogs bark so high! Brett: Little dogs are like "OW-OW-OW-OW!!" You just called all sopranos little dogs. I'm just joking! No...! Of course, there are always exceptions, but that's like, in general. Are you a soprano? Just checking. - Yeah, I'm a soprano. - Or alto? - I'm like a lyrical soprano. - Okay. - Wow... That's amazing. - Ooh. Eddy: I think it's higher, right? That's an octave higher. You need your body with the voice actually. You need the support. Why are you standing up? Almost there. Ling Ling can sing 40 octaves range. So high that you can't even hear it, and so low you feel it. - Okay, are you ready... - (Okay, okay, next one.) for the most epic singer? My favourite. ♪ Agli astri, al ciel ♪ (to the stars, to heaven,) ♪ che ne ridean più belli ♪ (which smiled with more beauty.) ♪ Nell ora del dolo ♪ (In the hour of grief.) ♪ Perchè, perchè, Signor ♪ (Why, why, oh Lord!) Whoa! I wanna applause for that one. Do people clap between arias? Or is it like no clapping? Actually, it's funny. Usually, there would be like standing ovations and everything. But I think this is somehow... like, some recording without audience or something. Because they don't clap here. But usually, they clap after arias. Yeah, sometimes they actually- the applaud can last so long that they have to cut and have a break for the orchestra. And people go outside, and wait for the applaud, too. Eddy: Really...? I actually saw one... recording. It was from Tosca as well, from the same opera. The tenor got so long applaud that the soprano- She was taking a break, and she didn't come in when it was her entrance. She missed it. Why do you th- Why is she your favourite singer? She is a singing actress. You can feel, like, all the human emotions through her voice. You can hear the cry in her voice. How desperate she is there. Her method was to analyse the character she's performing, and make it sound different every time. And she's singing a diva, like here. Or a young girl, or anything. You can listen to her recordings, and you can actually hear that she has different voices for every character. I couldn't help but listen to it also as if a violinist... And her vibrato was like... - controlled, but wide and just juicy and- - Yeah. And you can only imagine how it sounds in the hall. How it resonates. - And no microphone I'm assuming, right? - Yeah! No microphones. Ah... the OG projection! Mariah Carey? More like Maria Callas! (both) OHH...!! You need a microphone? I got my own right here. It's called the vocal cords. Thanks for sharing that one. That was cool! Next one is Pavarotti. Damn... The OG. ♪ ...io vo ♪ (...I look for?) ♪ M'ama ♪ (She love me!) ♪ Sì, m'ama, lo vedo ♪ (Yes, she loves me, I see it.) ♪ lo vedo ♪ (I see it.) Brett: That was nice. ♪ lo vedo ♪ (I see it.) ♪ lo vedo ♪ (I see it.) That was- that was... Mwah! You can hear all the control and this golden and metallic voice resonating in the hall, even though this is a recording. - Gold and metallic, I love that description. - Yeah. How much water does an opera singer drink? Do you have- Do you need just lots of water? We should drink actually quite a lot... to keep you hydrated. And seriously, if you're hydrated, you don't get sick so easily. I N T E R E S T I N G ! Mm, mm! Cheers! Oh, this is- They're ready. Eddy's gonna- Eddy is not ready. Eddy unready. Actually, I wanna show you one more place in this video. ♪ ...non chiedo ♪ (I can ask for no more.) ♪ Si può morir ♪ (One could die!) ♪ Si può morir ♪ (One could die of...) ♪ d'amor ♪ (of love.) A, there's no auto-tune. Just keep in mind. Projection is there, the colours are there. It's just pure human voice. What do you think, Sanna? What I think? I think this is probably one of the greatest performances ever in the opera history. Like the control, the stage presence. You can see all the emotions through his eyes, and hear it in his voice. How does he do that?! The control. And it looks so easy. It's so beautiful, bel canto singing. I can't even hold my breath that long. Yeah, I can't even hold my breath- yeah! What- You said "bel canto." What is that? It's Italian, and it means beautiful singing. Is there an Italian word for ugly singing? Bel brett-o! Bel brett-o! Oh wait, "bel" means beautiful. I don't know. Do you have to learn every language? Yeah, it's easier if you know the language. But of course, you don't- You don't need to speak the language fluently. But what's very important is that you have to know what you're singing about. You have to know every word you're singing. Because then the whole thing has a meaning, otherwise it's just words without a meaning. - That makes sense. - Yeah. Have you ever done opera singing before? No, I did High School Musical in high school. And I also forgot to go on stage. Because I was backstage. Some- One of my friends was like "Eddy, you're meant to be on stage right now!" And I was like "Oh no!" So I ran on just as the scene ended, and everyone was walking off. And I just walked on and walked off. Oh no... Okay... Next one. ♪ ...che desiar ♪ (...to desire.) Brett: What was that? Yeah. Eddy: Is it like her voice? ♪ se poi salvo giunge in porto ♪ (if it at least arrives safely in port,) ♪ non sa più che desiar ♪ (has nothing left to desire.) What is that!? ♪ non sa più che desiar ♪ (has nothing left to desire.) Dude, that was like some ricochet-y stuff going on. ♪ A-ha-ha-ha! ♪ I can't do it. That was like Paganini on the voice or something. Yeah, she is 21 in there, in that recording. But I'm not applauding her only for that. As you can hear, she is like... one with the music when she's singing. She's like an instrument, like a bird. It's so natural, everything she's doing there. First time when I heard this, I was like "Okay, how is this possible?" Then I started studying singing, and I still don't know how she really does that. It's so effortless.