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  • 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.