Estelle Liebling

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Estelle Liebling (April 21, 1880 – 1970) was a vocal coach who taught singing using the three-register method. She stressed the "unmusicalness" of the seventh octave, as well as the avoidance of the head register in men. One of Liebling's most famous pupils was Beverly Sills,[1] a coloratura soprano. She also instructed Meryl Streep as a young girl as a singer.

Estelle Liebling had been a pupil of Mathilde Marchesi[1] and carried forth the Manuel Garcia Jr. (Manuel Patricio Rodríguez García) tradition.

Liebling had been a favored soprano of John Philip Sousa earlier in her career.[2]


  1. ^ a b Moore, Gerald (December 2006). "Beverly Sills". Opera Magazine. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  2. ^ Danner, Phyllis; Coppen, David Peter; Werner, Ann Marie (Spring 1998). "Anatomy of a Preservation Project: The Sousa and Clarke Archives at UIUC". Sonneck Society for American Music Bulletin. XXIV (2). Archived from the original (– Scholar search) on July 20, 2011. Retrieved 2003-10-23.