Operatic singing begins with making the right sound through your nose. Think for instance that behind your nose is an entire room. In this room, air must vibrate to make a sound. This may be practiced by forming the letter ´oo´ (like in ´good´ or ´shoes´). Exaggerate this letter with your whole face. Then, you can breath in through nose and mouth at the same time. Your breathing is now used like when you smell something. By doing this, the larynx in your throat will go down and you can make an opera voice sound. Just keep thinking about the large room behind the nose and the air in there that must make the sound. Do not push your throat muscles! You must be relaxed.
Actually, it is right to focus in the nose for the middle register. The focus is very compact, and not like "an entire room." It is right to think of breathing in as in smelling a rose, while singing. Lehmann's book, "How to Sing." has wonderful pictures of what singers feel, when they sing. The focus is a very narrow line centered. When going up into the upper notes, the focus needs to be higher than just in the nose. Submitted by Winnie Goree founder of Atlanta Voice Lessons. –Winniegoree 05:42, 25 June 2009 (UTC)Winnie Goree