I’ve sung my whole life. In choirs, in the car, in the shower, at family holiday gatherings, in friends’ living rooms, at my high school graduation, and occasionally on stage and at open mics. I’ve got a tenor to 1st Soprano range. I’ve never met (or been aware of hearing) a natural soprano, and I find it hard to believe that there are many (or any). But…I was a Zoology undergrad and I work for an ISP…not a whole heck of a lot of professional vocalists in my life for much of a sample size.
My girlfriend, on the other hand, is a classically trained pianist and composer. She assures me that there are such creatures as natural sopranos.
I’m willing to consider that perhaps we’re operating with different definitions of “natural”, but we’ve talked about the topic at length, so I doubt that is the case. To clarify, I define a natural soprano as an individual who does not need to flip into their falsetto to reach notes in the soprano range.
I am fully willing to allow that there are folks who can hit higher soprano notes than others, and folks that can transition from their “chest voice” to their “head voice” with such silky smoothness that they put butter to shame…but I remain a skeptic that many (any) people can reach those high notes without lifting their soft pallets.
So what’s the straight dope?