We already knew it but now it’s been scientifically proven. Austrian, Czech, and Swedish researchers conducted the research and published the results on Friday in Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology.
The researchers were unable to confirm the long-held belief that Mercury’s range spanned four full octaves. They did however reveal some interesting info on Freddie; for one although he was known as a tenor, he was more likely a baritone. They studied archived recordings to make this conclusion. Did you know Freddie once turned down an opera duet because he was afraid fans wouldn’t recognize his baritone voice?
Austrian voice scientist Christian Herbst declared he was “probably a baritone who sang as a tenor,” meaning his beautiful upper register and fluttering falsetto were the result of exceptional control over what singers call their “head” and “chest” voices and his ability to blend them.
The study and methodology gets a little too science-y for some but if you want to read all about how and what they studied in depth the research is posted here.
To sum up their findings : Freddie Mercury had a voice unlike anyone else in rock ‘n’ roll, and that led to one of the most unique singers and stage performers of all time.
He simply was awesome.