Singing Guide: Moulin Rouge [1952]

Vocal technique, exercises, tips and relevant resources

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Moulin Rouge is a 1952 film directed by John Huston, starring José Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Colette Marchand. The movie tells the story of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, a French painter who lived in the 1890s. The movie showcases a variety of French-inspired songs, but in this article, we will focus on the vocal techniques used by José Ferrer, who played the main character, as well as some of the resources Singing Carrots provides to help you train your voice in similar styles.

José Ferrer's portrayal of Toulouse-Lautrec demonstrates a unique technique, a mix of atypical vibrato, pitch control, and character play. In the song "Come What May," Ferrer sings in a low voice with plenty of breathiness. This style provides a feel of vulnerability, which is fitting for the character he portrayed. If you want to learn how to sing like Ferrer, the best approach is to try and mimic the slow vibrato in his voice while incorporating breath support exercises to maintain the vocal control when needed.

Another song featuring Ferrer's unique singing style is "The Pitch." Ferrer's rendition of the song is a balance between speaking and singing. In this song, he shows his ability to play with different vocal ranges to engage the audience while maintaining the acting character. To learn how to replicate this style, you should start with simple speaking to singing exercises, such as "Cry Me a River," to get a feel for moving between the two modes and then practice singing songs that feature character play.

At Singing Carrots, we have various resources to help you improve your vocal skills, including videos, articles, courses, and tools. We offer vocal range tests (, pitch accuracy tests (, and a vocal pitch monitor ( Our pitch training section includes interactive vocal warm-ups, pitch visualizer, and exercises for range and agility ( There are also pieces of music covering popular genres and difficulty options, which you can access in the song search section (

If you are interested in learning how to sing in various styles, our Singing Course ( is perfect for you, covering a wide range of singing theory and techniques such as breathing basics, voice registers, and vocal breaks. We have articles discussing many topics, including voice types (, avoiding constrictions while singing (, vocal health (, and how to overcome stage fright ( Additionally, we have videos covering skills such as twang (, growling (, vibrato (, warm-ups (, posture (, emotion control and performing (, breath support and sustain (, articulation (, and nasality ( We hope these resources help you develop your voice to sing like José Ferrer or any other sultry singer.

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