Passaggio

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For the Italian villages located in Umbria, see Passaggio (Bettona) and Passaggio di Assisi.

Passaggio is a term used in classical singing to describe the pitch ranges in which vocal registration events occur. Beneath passaggio is the chest voice where any singer can produce a powerful sound, and above it lies the head voice, where a powerful and resonant sound is accessible, but usually only through training. The historic Italian school of singing describes a primo passaggio and a secondo passaggio connected through a zona di passaggio in both the male and female voice. A major goal of classical voice training in classical styles is to maintain an even timbre throughout the passaggio. Through proper training, it is possible to produce a resonant and powerful sound.

Further reading[edit]

  • Miller, Richard. The Structure of Singing. New York: Schirmer Books Macmillan (1986). ISBN 0-534-25535-3.