Hardest genre to sing? in Vocals and Voiceovers Posted August 20, 2020 · Edited August 20, 2020 by SteinbergerHack On 8/19/2020 at 6:08 AM, annie.px said: Opera singing is by far the hardest out of all types of singing, not even arguably. It takes DECADES to successfully master your voice and it requires so much skill, talent and so many years of training. Very few can be good opera singers while most people can become pop singers with very little talent. Even Mariah Carey, who has an amazing voice and vocal range, admitted that she will never be able to sing opera, due to it’s high level of difficulty and intense training. In my opinion opera is very much under-appreciated given it’s the hardest form of singing. Absolutely true. My daughter is studying opera at the Jacobs School, and has probably another 5 years or so of training before she could be considered a viable candidate for a lead role in a major opera company (though she has the lead role in their fall opera this year, ahead of a number of grad students). Meanwhile, she can walk into just about any other type of vocal audition and score straight 10/10s. I music direct with a couple of community theater groups, and I can guarantee you that any trained opera singer will blow away any other sort of vocal setting in technique, diction, presentation, power, and sight reading. 4 hours ago, kickingtone said: It's not all about the genre, but also the piece of music. You could probably write something too challenging for the human voice in any genre. But most genres don't go looking for technical difficulty, as such. That may happen more in opera, as there seems to be a "showing off" element of the singer, as well as a "badge of sophistication" for the composer. The original demand of being able to be heard at the back row of a huge venue did set classical singing necessarily apart, but now, with mics...? There's a lot more to it than that. "Classical" performers are selected by highly trained, skilled professionals on the basis of their technical skill and ability BEFORE they are allowed to perform or record; opera is the highest level of vocal performance within the classical spaces, so it is reserved for the absolutely highest-skill performers. Other genres focus on other aspects, like songwriting, look, and sometimes just acceptance by a lowest-common-denominator audience. Sure, there are operatic pieces that can be sung by lesser-trained vocalists, but they will never pass the audition to get themselves on an opera stage. Put another way, CC Deville and Ace Frehley sold a lot of records playing simple guitar parts, but there's no way either would ever take a gig from Chris Parkening, no matter how well they might be able to play a specific piece; they simply aren't qualified for the gig. Oh, and BTW, most operatic performers still work without mics. Broadway performers use headsets, but not opera.