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Perception and production of resonance tuning in soprano singing

This project utilise 3D MRI and direct measurement of the transfer function of a singer’s vocal tract combined with acoustic analysis, to investigate the methods used by professional female opera singers to sing high notes. In particular, based on the acoustic challenges of singing vowels at high fundamental frequencies, this work considers how sopranos alter the shape of their vocal tract to produce sound more efficiently and how this impacts on the perception of their overall voice quality.



  • Rebecca Vos
  • Helena Daffern
  • Damian Murphy


  • Department of Electronics Scholarship