Although, these days Steven is recording and singing hard rock, rock, ballad and folk rock; he daily exercises his voice by going back to his roots and sings five or six arias from the opera. We're talking about the big tenor stuff here, such as “Recondita armonia” and “E lucevan le stelle” from Puccini’s Tosca; and “Non piangere, Lui” and “Nessun dorma,” the aria that started it all for him (read BIO), from Puccini’s Turandot. Steven also sings an array of tenor arias from Verdi, even the beastly aria from Otello, “Esultate,” which he sings with great ease.

The opera voice is very different from the rock voice. By what he calls applying more appoggio
 (lean) his larynx drops and out comes this enormous spinto- dramatic tenor voice. The timbre is rich, ringing and masculine with a touch of wildness to it, truly exciting to behold. The scale is beautifully even, with no sign of passaggio, as Steven sings with what he calls the ‘Italian chiaro scuro’ method of one united register. Actually, if you ask Steven what the right way to sing is, with a smile on his face he will say, the Italian way, they got it right! With the likes of Del Monaco, Corelli, and Pavarotti it’s hard to argue.

Burton currently has enough material written for two more rock CDs, of which he will start recording this winter. Also, Steven is about 60 percent done with a classical aria CD that will be sung in English and Italian and will reveal that "other" full appoggio, enormous, operatic voice that he is uniquely capable of. He is a rare bird indeed.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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