Do you find you're attracted to voices that (could) resemble your voice?
Specific to my style, I like big, loud, powerful voices. Not dramatics necessarily but voices with UMPH!
What kinds of voices does everyone else like? And is it potentially similar to your voice?
I don't typically like male voices except for countertenors! Quite sad since I'm a dude! LOL But it might have been a good thing. I never tried to sound like anyone else because I didn't like any male singers in classical singing. I do like them in R&B and stuff. I like Ludacris, but his voice isn't necessarily operatic! LOL
Here's a small list of people I like in the classical world:
Countertenor: Phillipe Jaroussky and David Hansen - I've always wanted to sing this voice type!
Bigger Soprano: Leontyne Price, Jessye Norman, Birgit Nilsson, Luana DeVol (bias cuz she's one of my teachers!!!), Shirley Verrett, Joan Sutherland
Smaller Soprano: Kathleen Battle, Kiri Te Kanawa,
Mezzo: Marilyn Horne
Tenor: Jon Vickers, Gianfranco Cecchele
I didn't get into actually singing contemporary stuff until recently. I really like: Ludacris, Missy Elliott, Lil Kim, Michael Jackson... a bunch of people!!! I never bothered to remember anyone's name until I got older LOL
One recording I really like is Leontyne Price (bigger soprano) singing rather "small"!!!
Start at 1:47 if it doesn't embed. I LOVE this recording, and it's not long, so listen to its entirety if you have time!!!
When I was a young tenor, C4 would hurt. I couldn't get it aligned right. Eventually, I would start moving into the primo at Bb3. According to Miller's books, I'm not a tenor. "Oh yay! I'm a baritone!" I look at the baritone book. "Oh no! I'm neither! :'( " I ran into the term "zwischenfacher" which is a female who can sing both mezzo and soprano roles. I asked if I could be the equivalent. He said only women can. However, I might MIGHT have the kind of male voice which can CHOOSE if he wants to be a tenor or baritone. This was so awesome! I wasn't "stuck" like everyone else! I could actually pick what I wanted to sing!!! I sang baritone AND tenor arias. Whenever we picked out art songs, I could usually sing the low, medium, and high keys, but one would work "best" with my voice. I was inexperienced at the time, so I can't effectively recall how he chose. BUT I do remember the key he picked is what felt best.
So, from 18 to about 22/23, I would constantly get asked what my voice type is. I would sing a tenor song and get asked if I'm a baritone. I would sing a baritone song and get asked if I'm a tenor! So confusing as a young man! Ultimately, I wanted to be countertenor, but that's another story! My teacher at the time abhorred that sound, so he kept avoiding that topic with me.
Vocal Coach, Dr. Karen McCann, suggested to me that she thinks it may be because I have a fuller lower extension that most tenors don't have. Both my private instructors in college said that the person who knows my voice best is the one who's been listening to it the longest.
Ultimately, I gave up trying to figure out my fach. It'll come when it comes. I just sing whatever I want! I think Jessye Norman said it best, "Pigeon holes are only comfortable for pigeons." This came from a very talented woman whom I admire! I sing Zueignung by Strauss because I heard and saw one of her performances, and it made me cry!
My advice, "Don't get stuck singing one style." Or anything for that matter!
Know yourself! Grow yourself!