Meet Nathalie

American Soprano Assoluto Nathalie Coupet has much to be thankful for. Blessed with one of the rarest types of voice, she shares the same repertoire with another famous exponent of this voice category, the amazing Maria Callas. Her repertoire covers many of the roles associated with the soprano sfogato, such as Médée, Armida, Norma, Anna Bolena, Amina, Abigaille and Lady Macbeth, using an overall range of three octaves with high notes, until E6.

Other roles in her repertoire include Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux, Gemma di Vergy, Reiza in Carl Maria von Weber’s Oberon.

This voice type is defined by the following characteristics:

  • widely varied tessitura throughout the role, extended segments lying well into the low mezzo or contralto tessitura and segments lying in high soprano tessitura
  • a range extending down to at least low B and at least up to high B with at least one whole tone required at either end
  • fioritura (coloratura) singing in the most intricate bel canto style
  • florid singing combined with heroic weight
  • a heavy or dense sound in the lower range
  • vocal power over an energetic orchestral accompaniment

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