I notice that you put great emphasis on athleticism in singing. You often tell the singer “You are a singing athlete.” Isn't there a risk that in following this advice, singing will become too visceral and lose artistic subtlety and poetic nuance? Do you then agree with teachers who have special exercises for developing individual muscles of the laryngeal mechanism? If not, what sort of vocal athleticism do you have in mind?
An Olympic skater or tennis player displays subtlety and poetic nuance as a consequence of disciplined control of motor responses. Unless the physical instrument is adequately developed and trained to meet performance tasks, there is little possibility of producing high-level artistry. Fortunately for the singer, the musculature of the larynx is an anatomical given. Mechanical coordination among the intrinsic muscles of the larynx is not dependent on localized attempts to develop the cricoarytenoid, cricothyroid, or thyroarytenoid muscles through specific maneuvers, as is sometimes claimed. Nor can the vocal ligament and the vocalis muscle undergo development as though they were biceps or pectorals. There is no evidence that vocal fry, lip trills, shouting, or silent, rapid laryngeal oscillations