& quot; I don’t know how to get started & quot ;, Adele wrote in an online letter to her fans on June 30, 2017. The night before she had performed on the second show of four shows at Wembley Stadium, and of course sold out. This is also the last days of Adele’s 123-day world tour and she will sing before 98,000 spectators. However on stage there was something unexpected.
& quot; I didn’t sing well for 2 nights & quot ;, she wrote. & quot; I can’t do my best as I usually do. I feel like I have to constantly clear my throat to get better & quot ;. After the second show, Adele went to see the doctor and was diagnosed that her vocal cords could be affected by overwork, so the remaining 2 nights had to be canceled to ensure health. Adele expressed her regret by saying: “If my heart is broken, I have not described this disappointment & quot ;.
Adele, just 29 years old, had been bleeding in the bar 6 years ago after singing on a radio show in France. For urgent treatment, she chose a special method with a high risk of risk: it was microsurgery. This process involves the surgeon using tiny scalpels and clamps attached to the extension bars to be inserted into the throat, then cutting off sclerotic tissue (due to damage) to regain degree elastic for the vocal cords, thereby returning to her great voice Adele.
Dr. Steven Zeitels performed the entire surgery for Adele, beginning by carefully cutting the sclerotic tissue around the damaged area to find the underlying polyp tissue. He then pulled the damaged tissue out and closed the laser cut so he could stop bleeding immediately and leave no scars. Steven Zeitels himself knows how difficult this surgery is, especially when the patient is a famous singer. Just a little mistake is enough to cause huge consequences, and luckily that didn’t happen.
On February 12, 2012, 3 months after surgery, Adele won 6 Grammy Awards and in her speech, she thanked the doctor Zeitels for helping her recover her voice. This is the first time micro surgery is mentioned in an open way because for many years this method is still considered too risky. In addition, singers not only worry about surgery risks but also fear that it will affect their reputation and career. In the showbiz world, surely everyone wants to keep the image of a singer with a naturally healthy voice rather than having a surgical procedure.
And so thanks to a speech from Adele, the business of Dr. Zeitels as well as his other colleagues fluttering like a kite, bringing him many patients who have long been wondering about the decision. perform surgical microsurgery. Zeitels has operated on many other famous artists such as Sam Smith, Lionel Richie, Bono and Cher, Michael Bublé, Keith Urban or Meghan Trainor … Even singer Celine Dion must cancel the show to treat for your vocal cords. Smith and Bublé also honored Dr. Zeitels with praise posts and thanked him on Instagram, attracting a lot of sharing among fans.br />
At present, there are some thousands of artists from all types of pop, rock or classical music that have performed vocal cord surgery, in addition to other famous stage stars. The canceled shows in general have greatly affected the music industry. For example, when Adele canceled 2 last nights of Wembley show, nearly 200,000 tickets had to be refunded and this was a small number. Whether she will hold any more shows in the future is difficult to say.
After Adele’s surgery, Zeitels became famous and was very enthusiastically sought by the press. The most frequently asked question for him is whether Adele will go away or not. Zeitels made no firm comment, in return for commenting that Adele’s voice was “smoother than before the surgery”.
However, there are still conflicting opinions. According to Lisa Paglin, a former opera singer and currently a vocal trainer, what Zeitels does is “only temporary and it will take Adele some time to step down from the stage to lie back on the operating table”. Paglin and her friend Marianna Brilla, also a vocal lecturer, expressed the following comments: “How many surgeries will Doctor Zeitels plan to perform? Or anyone else? After the surgery, unless the singer recovers and makes good progress, the performance will continue to make the vocal cords affected and bring them back to the first starting point: that is the operating table. Perhaps this is the life of a professional singer? & Quot;
When Adele canceled the last two nights, Brilla and Paglin were sad but also relieved somewhat knowing that she had decided to treat. Over the past decade, two people have tried to promote a revolution in vocal training, to guide young singers on how to train their voices more appropriately. Brilla and Paglin also studied scientific literature and found a way that they could help singers permanently not affect their vocal cords.
This solution requires the revival of a lost singing style, not only providing great melody but also protecting the best way. Many people believe that this may be the & quot; youth source stream & quot; for the voice, in return, not many others seem to disagree. It is all due to the assumption that this singing method is based on: that is how we sang so far is completely wrong – including Adele.
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Singing is actually a complicated process. Each performance will require countless micro-vibrations and bumps inside the throat. The vocal cords are a pair of muscle strips in the larynx, they are shaped like clavicle and are also home to the most nerve of the body. When we are silent, the vocal cords will separate to make breathing easier. When we sing or speak, the air will be pushed up from the lungs and made the vocal string vibrate, thus creating the sound of our singing or voice. The faster the vibration, the higher the sound. For example, when a soprano singer hits a high note, the vocalist’s vocal string will vibrate about 1,000 times per second, producing a powerful sound that could break the glass.
The better the singing is, the more flexible the string is, and this will in the long run cause the vocal cords to be affected, most notably the bruises or swelling on the surface due to a rupture of the blood vessels. The more you work and for a long time, the vocal cords will begin to appear polyps, lumpy tissue or cysts, thereby altering the voice quality.br />
For one singer, the most noticeable is that the voice is no longer stable and has a slight deviation because the vocal cords no longer have the same vibration as before, thus resonating the sound with the accuracy required. There are also the & quot; vulnerabilities & quot; but the singer’s vocal cords cannot produce the correct tone, and no matter how hard he tries, he or she can show those notes.
You may not have heard any performances with singers singing wrongly, but recently the opera enthusiasts have been really shocked when the three stars Rolando Villazón, Aleksandrs Antonenko and Roberto Alagna cannot perform and have to step into the wings. Chicken when the song is still unfinished. Many opera artists also complained about throat symptoms when singing, but eventually chose the methods of & quot; coping & quot; to finish the performance. As mentioned above, trying to sing with the sick vocal cords will make it worse, in many cases it may cause bleeding or breakage of the vocal cords, forming scars that make the voice permanently affected. This is Adele’s case in 2011.
Experts or vocal teachers, however, want artists to “do their best”, which in turn causes harm to their vocal cords. Other problems such as dust, tight spaces of aircraft compartments, erratic diet and sleep, work stress … also somewhat affect the vocal cords. In addition, there are also occupational risks. For example, for many opera singers, when they are given a difficult role (often as a leading role), they will do their best to sing high notes and easily damage the vocal cords.
In 1986, the New York Times music teacher and music critic Will Crutchfield sadly judged that the loss of his voice shortened the career of many talented singers and also made it sound. Take away the opera’s splendor. At that time, Crutchfield noted that singers often peaked in their 30s and then began to decline gradually. But with Adele, Trainor and Smith, they underwent surgery in their 20s, so it was difficult to say.
Loss of voice also happens to amateurs, and it is easy to realize that those who try to sing too much will be affected later. Singing is also worth mentioning, and everyone seems to think that singing is louder than it is (for example, Adele’s very loud and strong voice). The result of this is to train the vocal cords too much and also cause loss of voice.
New scientific studies also mention that it is difficult to pronounce, or easier to understand, than being unable to produce an accurate sound from the throat. Many careers can lead to this, from the classroom teacher to the opera singers. This has long been noticed, but the recent Adele case has just awakened a wake-up call: that surgery may not always solve the root problem. >
Brilla and Paglin said: “You can’t solve the problem just by relieving the symptoms.” Singers need to understand that it is a way for the entire machine to function perfectly & quot; – alludes to their singing style. & quot; If you don’t fix the machine, sooner or later the error will continue to happen & quot ;.br />
Teatro La Nuova Fenice, the opera theater was built in the famous neoclassical style of the 19th century, which is always packed with audiences who enjoy the tenor voice of artist Beniamino Gigli. “Gigli possesses an extremely strange voice and” durable “quot; in a time when the concept of preserving the rod is not yet thought of & quot; – Brilla and Paglin recounted. When Brilla was diagnosed with a wire, the bar did not work normally, in other words there was a “hole”. between 2 wires. Since then, Brilla has been learning more about the knowledge of the bar and learning more than 30 vocal teachers in order to learn Gigli’s singing style with strong, clear and persistent harmony.
Brilla then met Paglin, who shared the same intention to study and learn to impart this great style to the next generation. In 1977, Brilla received a Fulbright scholarship and returned to Italy to learn the safe & quot; than. She met older seniors but had a strong, healthy voice like a young man. For Brilla, they were obviously carrying a special singing style that she had been looking for for a long time.
Paglin soon arrived in Rome and they started working hours every day at the national audio library La Discoteca di Stato, listening to and listening to the previous recordings. They tried to find documents discussing the changing opera and classical singing techniques. When taking a break, Brilla and Paglin perform at Italian and Austrian opera houses. This helps them gain access and learn from more masters. In addition, she sought help from retired opera artists or lecturers.
The research of Brilla and Paglin brings unexpected results: the gradual loss of old-fashioned singing starts from Verdi, Wagner and Puccini. These three composers were seen as musical souls at the time and were the first to dare to challenge the vocals of singers to reach new heights, thereby better expressing the inner character of the good character. role. The pain of the young Japanese bride character in Madama Butterfly (Puccini) or the sound of a mighty thunder like the thunder of the Valkyrie in Ring (Wagner) is The most worth mentioning example.
The style of Verdi and Wagner became extremely popular at the end of the nineteenth century, and Puccini further promoted it at the beginning of the 20th century. Each decade passed, this style became more & more intense & quot; more. Paglin cites a photo of singer Enrico Caruso taken in 1920. In the picture, Caruso looks very comfortable despite singing, almost talking to friends, not performing in front of an audience. & quot; This is a natural way of singing & quot; – Paglin said.
More images for each period are given, but they all have one thing in common: singers are like “wrestling” and “wrestling”. when singing Take, for example, a picture of Rolando Villazón, who has suffered many times to damage the string, looks like a horror movie: his mouth is wide open, his eyes are wide, his neck is full of tendons and he looks like he’s screaming, not singing. Looking at it quickly was enough to see that there was no comfort like Caruso.br />
Caruso and Gigli have produced a lot of great works, but compared to the current ground, it may be a bit flat. Typically, Caruso’s O Sole Mio recording was very inspiring in 1916 but not as strong as what Villazón showed in 2010. In other words, his voice did not stand out so much. with the guitar behind. Brilla and Paglin also noticed that and immediately began to find ways to fix it.
In 1983, Brilla persuaded Maria Carbone, a retired Italian soprano, to work with her. Mrs. Carbone was nearly 80 years old at the time but still possessed an extremely powerful voice. When Carbone sang, Brilla pressed her hand to her stomach to feel what was going on inside. When Carbone sings an aria from Tosca and gradually raises her voice, Brilla is really surprised. & quot; I can feel the ticks, ticks, ticks and nothing more & quot ;. This is Carbone’s natural beat and her chest is not bulging at all when singing, nor does she have to take as much air as the techniques of today’s singers, especially those with a strong voice. Mrs. Carbone’s belly when singing is just as normal as when she talked. Paglin said: & quot; I have understood what it is like to be a perfect singer. & Quot;
Brilla added: “While all the teachers who taught me before taught that they had to open their mouths to take deep breaths to get the tallest and tallest notes, Carbon did exactly the opposite. The nature of the problem here is that there are too many students graduating from conservatories but don’t know how to sing properly, leading to damage to the sound. We must stop this. & Quot;
In fact, not only are singers at risk of harming the vocal cords, many actors are in the same situation. Maddalena Crippa lost her temporary voice after playing Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus as Queen Tamora screaming at her son’s death. Maddalena then lost her voice temporarily and couldn’t read the next lines.
Worse, Crippa’s voice continues to be affected and is no longer as clear as it used to be, plus an unpleasant pain in the throat. Crippa was diagnosed with a nodule on the vocal cords and treated with cortisol injections. Everything went smoothly enough for Crippa to come back to the stage, but the confidence to perform was no more. In 2002, from the recommendation of a friend, Crippa went to Brilla and Paglin’s studio Osimo and Paglin.
Unlike professional doctors, Brilla and Paglin do not have endoscopic devices to look at the throat of the person who needs treatment. Instead, they use ear hearing methods. Brilla and Paglin will sing a light note and ask the patient to sing it properly. As experienced people, they can clearly see the right or wrong emitting tone and diagnose where on the bar is being damaged. Steven Zeitels (Adele surgeon) also uses the same methods but with more advanced medical devices.
Brilla and Paglin immediately saw the problem from Crippa’s first gestures: she needed to take a lot of breath to speak, and looked very nervous. This is easy to see in singers because their vocal cords are “familiar & quot; with strong airflows, they will not respond well if there is not enough steam. Paglin said: “When you have decided to follow a singing career, it will affect you forever, unless you learn a new way to preserve your vocal cords.”br />
Brilla and Paglin instructed Crippa to lie on her back and sing some high notes, then gradually help her regain her old voice, which took less than a year to practice. For Crippa, this is an invaluable gift that cannot be compared. Brilla and Paglin said they used therapies to gradually & quot; exclude & quot; The infected parts on the rod are naturally spontaneous and for a long time, they can ensure no future re-infection. In other words, the method of Brilla and Paglin will help singers correct bad habits: take a lot of breath before singing, increase the pressure on the throat and jaw muscles, open their mouths too loudly and habit & quot; screaming & quot; when singing high notes.
There are still limitations in finding and helping Brilla and Paglin’s other artists. Paglin said she often went to see the performances and when she noticed something strange in the vocalist’s voice, she would text them to recommend a diagnosis. The majority of cases are true and the singer is diagnosed with damaged vocal cords or worse than cancer. Paglin advised Italian actor Moni Ovadia to retire from his throat because of a sore throat. He is now 71 years old and still energetic, able to perform continuously for 3 hours. Moni Ovadia is very grateful to Brilla and Paglin, he said: “They saved me and my career, too” & quot ;.
Brilla and Paglin also raise questions about the current teaching of singing. Many students come to music teachers simply because of the quality of the voice, not the quality of the teaching, and this will cause disastrous mistakes.
The problem here is: is the method that Brilla and Paglin are pursuing really better for artists, such as Adele, or not? When asked, Steven Zeitels quickly dismissed this and argued that the methods of singing & quot; not yet accurate & quot; It is unlikely that it will damage the vocal cords, it is up to each person’s condition. He commented: “People think that people who go to surgery are all people who can’t sing.” I myself see that my patients are all extremely good, & quot ;.
Zeitels also believes that medical professionals like him will become more and more necessary for the art, similar to sports. According to him, any effort will eventually be rewarded. & quot; The best thing is that we will be even better at recovering artists & quot ;.
Brilla and Paglin used to help many well-known artists, including those that could not be operated, such as jazz singer Maria Pia De Vito with a diagnosis of barley cysts that were completely incompatible. Current surgery. Paglin said bitterly: “It’s ironic.” We exist one industry built around singers who harm themselves when singing, and then lay out another industry to cure the damage & quot ;.
Dr. Robert T Sataloff, who had surgery for Patti LuPone and many other Grammy stars, also expressed his concern that surgery is not a good way to help singers become healthier. Compared to Zeitels, Sataloff commented more objectively, saying: & quot; I think singers must have the right singing technique so as not to damage their rich talent. So what is perfect? No. of course. Illness is inevitable and eventually they will appear in my office & quot ;.