As a young tenor, I am, as many of us, constantly asking myself about the best techniques to have a powerful voice with thrilling laserbeam acuti.
If we look at very good historical tenors, we see two distinct techniques (apparently distinct).
The first one consists of "lowering" the larynx. If I'm not mistaken, Melocchi was the finder of this technique and then Mario del Monaco used it a lot through his career. Then Franco Corelli modified the technique to obtain better results with better top notes. (See for example this high C) One usual advice to apply this technique is to "yawn" a lot.
The second one consists of searching a lot of mask reasonance by putting the acuti as high as possible in the face. To obtain this result one has to do some facial exercices and sing each vowel as a latin i. For me the reference of this technique is Alfredo Kraus who had an incredible long career. (See for example this high C) As you can see, the voice is less powerful but the acuti is incredibly piercing. One has often criticized this type of singing because of a "nasalisation" of the sound but Kraus proved that he could sing by plugging his nose so this critic doesn't hold.
I am not singing teacher but I have met both defenders of the first and the second technique and they always seem to be in a fight to know who has the best technique. Personally I am asking myself about the possibility to merge these two techniques. In an ideal world, one want to have the power and the roundness of a low larynx voice + the precision and the piercing effect of the mask reasonances, right ?
The best tenor acuti I have heard in my life is one made by Mario Filipeschi, see here. Is this possible that this outstanding result is actually a combination of a low larynx + high facial resonances ?
I know this a very "open" question and I am looking for different answers of different teachers. (As well as exercices to obtain such a good voice) Any helpful answer will be much appreciated.