Remigio Pereira, is a multi-platinum selling recording artist with the vocal group The Tenors and has performed alongside Celine Dion on The Oprah Winfrey Show and has performed for The Queen.
He shares his top singing tips and inspires us to give a great performance.
What are the benefits of voice training?
I studied voice for three years with an opera singer Maria Pellegrini who performed on the leading stages of the world. The most important lesson I have learned from her experience is to aim for a beautiful round sound.
The first job of the singer is to please people with the sound of your voice and sing with emotion. Emotion comes through experience of life, so sometimes it is hard for a younger singer to emote but if you model the great singers whom have or had amazing careers you can’t go wrong.
Training improves your breath support. Brass players have incredible breath support because they focus the breath into a small hole and slowly release the air. Many great singers started as trumpet players and they have incredible breath support. My teacher told me that Carlo Bergonzi used a trumpet mouth piece to help his breath support to sing those long Verdi lines.
Another great opera singer is Franco Corelli. His high sustained pianissimo singing was incredible. So you model the great singers and take a little bit from each one and develop your own sound without doing harm to your voice. Always try to sing without any straining your voice.
What are your top singing tips?
The most important thing I have learned about vocal health is not to over think things and worry too much.
Never shout and always speak in a slightly higher than speaking pitch to project and protect the voice with proper support.
I have learned the hard way that sometimes too much warming up uses up the reserve for the performance.
I carry oil of oregano with me and use it when I am feeling something cold coming on. Also warming up lightly in the lower range on “mmmm” and slowly working your way up but never overexerting yourself.
What are the key ingredients to a great performance?
A memorable vocal performance should move your audience to tears and goosebumps. Being able to connect with the core of your own soul and sharing it that frequency with that of the listener.
Looking back on my career the greatest thing a singer can be is to be communicative with the audience. Know that you’re giving them a gift and they are receiving a gift and so they won’t be as judgmental as you think they are they want you to win and are rooting for you.
Remigio’s chart topping classical guitar album, ‘Guitarradas’ is out now!
Azorean Canadian tenor, Remigio Pereira, is a multi-platinum selling recording artist with the vocal group The Tenors. He is also a record producer, guitarist, composer, singer and songwriter. He has performed extensively on the leading stages of the world. At the age of twenty-three, he was accepted to Le Conservatoire du Quebec. For the following three years, Remigio was awarded several top prizes and scholarships before graduating with a Masters Degree in Classical Guitar Performance.