School lunch was never like this.
Amira Willighagen Jackie Evancho Laura Bretan Holly Steel Elena House
There are several opera singers on this site (pictured above) and there will probably be some more in the future. At some time or other, I have read the criticisms of these girls from 'expert singers and teachers', the criticisms usually fuelled by the girls' young age. I'm not an expert, nor would I claim to be - likewise Simon Cowell and the other AGT judges. One device we do all possess however, is hearing and the ability to detect what is a pleasant sound. From this, we can discount expert views on technique and any strenuous effort that is required by the girls, and the 'damage or harm' they might be doing to their vocal chords, or even their entire bodies by singing soprano in the way that they do.
Below, is a criticism from a singing teacher, but what is omitted is the most likely circumstance that Laura Bretan and the other singers, must have had professional tuition from their own teachers and that these teachers must have had much closer contact with the girls than these 'expert teachers' who have only seen and heard them either on television or from a seat in the audience of AGT.
What are we to do? Should these girls be discouraged, or even prohibited from singing and be encouraged to become like all other girls who have not been blessed with the gift of a beautiful singing voice? Should they become 'normal' teenagers listening to the likes of Britney Spears and Adele, but not singing themselves?
I simply believe that experts feel they have to throw in their two bits' worth. It occurs in the world of pianism too. I've read 'expert' criticism of young girls playing pianos at concert level, as if doing so is causing them some harm and for their own protection, ought to desist.
Anyway, below this are some of the comments criticising Laura Bretan, but in the past, I have seen similar criticisms of Jackie Evancho and Amira Willighagaen, all of which I ignore.
A final personal note from me, and this is just my opinion. I find that little girls singing soprano make a most beautiful angelic sound. When adult women do it, they make a most horrendous noise that makes me reach for the off button.......... just saying!