on extreme high notes for 35 years – david d’or

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David D’Or (born David Nehaisi, 1965) is an Israeli singer, composer, and songwriter. A countertenor with a vocal range of more than four octaves, he is a three-time winner of the Israeli “Singer of the Year” and “Best Vocal Performer” awards. He was also chosen to represent Israel in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, at which he placed 11th in the semifinal. By February 2008, nine of his albums had gone platinum.

When he was young, his parents encouraged him to become a lawyer or a doctor, but he simply loved to sing. When his voice began to change, he worked to retain his ability to sing notes in a high range. For a while, he was quite shy about singing using his high range, as it was unusual in Israel.

His voice has a range (or “diapason”) of more than four octaves.His vocal range in head voice is from G3 (whatever that means) in scientific pitch notation, up to a well-defined G5 (as heard in one of the final notes in the “Phantom of the Opera” track in his album David D’Or and the Philharmonic), thus making him a “mezzo-soprano” type of countertenor.

The track you’re listening to just now.

From “David D’or,” his first album released in 1991, to today with 15 Gold and Platinum albums to his credit.

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In addition to singing for two Popes, D’Or has also sung for Israeli President Shimon Peres, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, the King and Queen of Sweden at the Swedish Royal Palace in Stockholm, Nelson Mandela, Tony Blair, and Bill Clinton.

D’Or has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Rome Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Budapest Philharmonic, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Symphony Orchestra, the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

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D’Or has performed across the world, including in the United States, England, the Canary Islands, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Italy, Turkey, India, Thailand, Australia, China, Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines, Morocco, and Israel. He sang before audiences of 55,000 people in Trafalgar Square in London, and 40,000 in Paris.

Most of the information about this amazing singer I have STOLEN from wikipedia.org.

Came across David on Youtube this afternoon. Never heard about him before – but he is here to stay in my love affair with music.

Photo: Shai Buzaglo

And what I have been able to figure out that he is also a very success full painter.

“Am I afraid of high notes?
Of course I am afraid.
What sane man is not?”
Luciano Pavarotti

Photo: Shai Buzaglo

 

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