Les Miserables Chest Voice Analysis

One actor that showed good head voice vs. chest voice was Dakota. Dakota played Fantine in Les Miserables. In the scene right before Docks Part 2, Dakota sings a line that says, “you let your foreman send me away…” As she sings this, she hits very high notes and not once do you hear breathiness or squeaky, airy notes. She sings with power without belting by singing in her head voice. I couldn’t not tell when she switched into her chest voice. Her sound was pure and smooth the entire time. They were successful at using their head and chest voice correctly because I could not tell when Dakota switched into her head or chest voice. It sounded the entire time mainly like she was in her head voice. It was pure and smooth and she did very well with …show more content…
Her character fit very well into the show. She looked miserable, and the show is literally called, “The Miserables.”
One theme that really stuck out to me in Les Miserables was the theme of self-sacrifice. Another was love and compassion. I think that to really love a person, you must be willing to have some sort of self-sacrifice. It could vary of different levels of sacrifice, probably not cutting all of your hair off to save your child, but other more modern ways of self sacrifice. One quote in the very last song of the show, (Epilogue) right before the people come down singing “do you hear the people sing” from the isles, the leads sing a beautiful line together that says, “To love another person is to see the face of God.” To love someone means to care, to have compassion, to sacrifice. They all work together. And, in Les Mis Victor Hugo I think shows this perfectly, and when put into music the message carries a different meaning. That meaning is that you can love another person no matter how much you hate them. Jean Valjean let Javer go, and Javer let Jon Valjean go. The two characters hated each other. But, the message of love. Hope, compassion, and self sacrifice first come into play when Jean Valjean goes to steal a loaf of bread.

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