The Music Commission of the Círculo del Liceo hosted the presentation of the book "Voces líricas: la influencia de las hormonas en la voz operística" by Dr. Pedro Clarós, otorhinolaryngologist, human voice specialist and medical consultant at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. The event featured the participation of the bass-baritone Carlos Chausson, and the soprano Marta Mathéu.
For human beings, the voice is the main means means of communication. But the voice is not only a tool, but also a form of expression of our personality. Hence, any alteration of the voice has a remarkable importance for any of us, which is even more true for professionals singers who make a living with their voice. In his book, Dr. Clarós teaches us the secrets of the voice of opera singers.
Pedro Clarós Blanch is a Doctor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Barcelona and one of the most renowned otorhinolaryngologists in Spain today. He has held positions such as Head of Service of the Department of Otolaryngology at Sant Joan de Déu University Hospital or Chief Consultant of the Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery at Hospital Nen Déu. He is a Member of the Academy of Doctors of the University District of Barcelona and an honorary member of several national and international medical societies. Currently, among other occupations, he is co-director of the Clarós Clinic, Center for Otorhinolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery and President of the Clarós Foundation.
Carlos Chausson is a bass-baritone, best known for his bass buffo roles. He studied at the Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid and in the United States, where he began his career, returning to Europe in the 1980s and singing in opera houses such as the Vienna Opera, the Liceu or La Scala. Some of the most recognized roles of him are Doctor Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, Taddeo in L ’italiano in Algeri, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, the main role in Don Pasquale or Dulcamara in L’ elisir d ’amore.
Marta Mathéu has a resounding sense of musicality and an unquestionable mastery of her instrument, avoiding any attempt to be pigeonholed. Bach's interpretations of her are celebrated under the direction of Jordi Savall on different European stages. In 2008 she was awarded during the Tenor Viñas Contest for her interpretations of Mozart, and recently she has incorporated some of the main opera roles of Puccini, Rossini and Wagner.