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What’s a squillo, and why do opera singers need it? Ming Luke

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An orchestra fills an opera house with music, but a singer’s voice soars above the instruments. Its melody rings out across thousands of patrons— all without any assistance from a microphone. How is it possible that a single voice can be heard so clearly? The answer lies in the physics of the human voice. Ming Luke explains the carefully honed technique of an expert opera singer.

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Meet The Creators

  • Director Franz Palomares
  • Educator Ming Luke
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Sound Designer Weston Fonger, Eleanor Nelsen
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Singer Ellen Leslie
  • Fact-Checker Joseph Isaac
  • Special Thanks Jenny Hunt

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