Music critic Neil McCormick, of The Daily Telegraph, has praised Lewis’s technical skills, writing, “Her mezzo-soprano range allows her to take melodies from luxurious low notes to high-flying falsetto, gliding with elegant power and impressive control through all kinds of fluctuations and modulations.”Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic adds, “Lewis can hit what seems like high belted notes.”
Leona Lewis uses her head register on the high notes and never belts even tho’ it sounds like she is belting because of the sheer power behind it. She actually extremely classically trained and has no need to strain. The secret to her vocal prowess is that she still practises operatic scales on a daily basis.
In Katherine Hepburn’s first TV interview in 1973, she spoke of the importance of voice lessons. When Dick Cavett asked her who she studied acting with she spoke about never studying acting at all. She chose to study voice instead and felt that was the turning point in her acting career that put her on the road to success.
She says she was a big flop in one of her first plays Torchbearers “and thought….better go and learn to talk, cause I would get so excited that my voice would shoot way up in the top of my head”
She goes on to say that she was petrified every time she performed, would run out of breath and lose her voice, so she decided to study voice with Francis Robinson Dove, who was the best voice teacher in New York at the time. It was $10 an hour, which was quite expensive at the time, so she wrote and asked her father, who was a very successful surgeon to back her. I wonder if we would have ever heard of Katherine Hepburn the great actress at all, if her father had said “no”.
“I’ve done bits of singing for jobs, but nothing like this”, says actor Dan Stevens.The following is an article from Entertainment Weekly TV:
How Dan Stevens learned to sing forBeauty and the Beast
How Dan Stevens learned to sing for Beauty and the Beast. British actor Dan Stevens has shown impressive range over the past few years, playing everything from an English lawyer in Downtown Abbey to a Terminator-style American killer in The Guest to whoever-the-hell he is portraying in the new FX superhero show, Legion (we’ll have to get back to you on that). But until he signed on to portray the cursed hero in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, Stevens had never really been called upon to sing.
“I’ve done bits of singing for jobs, but nothing like this,” the actor told EW on the film’s U.K. set in the summer of 2015. “I sang very very badly in an episode of Downton. I did sort-of musicals at school, university. But, no, professionally I haven’t done too much. This is another level, really.”
So, how did Stevens get his vocal cords in fighting shape?
“I’ve been working quite closely with a brilliant woman from the Royal Academy of Music, [singing coach] Ann-Marie Speed, who’s just fantastic,” Stevens said. “Like a lot of the things I’ve been doing over the last few years, [it’s about] acquiring new skills, or challenging myself to do something I’ve never done before — in this case, challenging myself to do several things I’ve never done before. But it’s really good fun. It’s certainly interesting!”
The actor also received assists from Menken himself. “He’s been great fun to work with,” said Stevens. “He’s like a sort of hyperactive mole, or something. He absolutely blasts melodies left, right, and center. Just going to the recording studio with someone like him is an experience. Who knows, I might end up singing again. I quite enjoy it!”