To sing is to communicate. Great singing artists do this no matter the style they use.
They make it personal. Use the greats of the past as points of inspiration for your future.
My inspirations as a classical singer: When I was an undergrad, I fell in love with the voice of Mirella Freni. I had heard her on an album of arias and was thrilled to hear she was coming to do a recital at Hill Auditorium at University of Michigan. I scraped together enough to buy a ticket in the nosebleed section of the balcony, and was devastated when the "man in the suit" appeared before the concert. (This is never good.) He explained Madame Freni was forced to cancel and the management would refund anyone who wished to leave. As I got up to go to the box office, he announced the replacement for that afternoon would be
Victoria de los Angeles. The audience roared and burst into applause. My singer's instinct kicked in, and though I had never heard
of her, I decided to stay.
Madame de los Angeles took the stage, and showed me what a recitalist is. Her performance was brilliant, and became the bar of excellence I strive to achieve as a performer. It has been said of me, that my standard is impossibly high. I must disagree, since I have been so fortunate to have experienced so many great, charismatic, emotionally committed, excellent artists over the course of my life in the arts. In classical music, a great place to start is with the curated list of 100 Greatest Singers on YouTube.
55 years of Billboard
To get an overview of styles used in popular music for the last half century, listen to the top 100 songs.
Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals
Some of the great stars of the golden era. Music theater stars of screen, many started on the Great White Way
Maria Fattore, soprano
I am Leonora in Verdi's Il Trovatore Trio Long Island Opera Benefit Concert
at Merkin Concert Hall, NYC 2005