Kristin Linklater, a vocal teacher known for encouraging performers to liberate their inner voices, died at her home in Scotland’s Orkney Islands on June 5. She is 84 years old.
Her friend, actor Hamish Linklater, said heart attack was a cause.
Ms. Linklater has taught the vocal technique to A-list stars such as Patrick Stewart, Donald Sutherland, and Sigourney Weaver for more than half a century; to students at New York University, Emerson College, and Columbia University; and to people far from the performing arts who simply wanted to be less timid vocally.
Her teaching was most recently conducted at the Kristin Linklater Voice Center in Sandwick, Orkney, which she founded after retiring from Columbia in 2014. After her passing, the center’s Facebook page has filled with hundreds of reviews from those who learned from her advice or from two books she wrote which have been part of the kit bags of many performers: “Freeing the Natural Voice: Poetry and Creativity in Speech and Language Rehearsal” (1976) and “Freeing Shakespeare’s Speech: The Actor’s Guide to Talking the Text” (1992).
She adopted techniques which went far beyond pure elocution.
“Everyone has a voice that can convey, through a normal pitch range of two to four octaves, whatever gamut of sentiment, sophistication of mood and subtlety of thought he or she encounters,” she wrote in “Freeing the Human Voice.”