Bernadette Peters in '08

Bernadette Peters has long been one of my favorite Broadway singers. In 1985 during the Broadway run of Song and Dance, she had the following to say about the singing voice:

”It’s like a muscle,” says Miss Peters, suddenly sounding like an athlete. ”You have to keep it in shape. Singing lessons are like body building for your larynx.”

How true.

SOURCE: Dena Kleiman, “Bernadette Peters Trains Voice Like a Muscle,” New York Times (20 September 1985) C3.