11 Facts About Baritone


Baritone is a type of classical male singing voice whose vocal range lies between the bass and the tenor voice-types.

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Baritone was a famous Don Giovanni in Mozart's eponymous opera as well as being a Bellini and Donizetti specialist.

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Baritone's French equivalent was Henri-Bernard Dabadie, who was a mainstay of the Paris Opera between 1819 and 1836 and the creator of several major Rossinian baritone roles, including Guillaume Tell.

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Baritone was still giving critically acclaimed concerts in London in the 1890s.

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Baritone was at his prime from the early 1900s to the early 1920s and enjoyed success in Italy, England and America.

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Baritone's Wotan was especially praised by critics for its musicianship.

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Baritone was noted more for his histrionic skills than for his voice, however.

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Baritone learned more than 100 roles in his lifetime and was mostly known for his roles in Verdi and Puccini operas, including appearances as Scarpia opposite soprano Maria Callas as Tosca at Covent Garden.

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Baritone made his premiere at Glyndebourne in 1990 and went on to build an international career as Falstaff and, more generally, in the operas of Mozart and Wagner.

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However, it is important to note, that for all intents and purposes, a Verdi Baritone is simply a Dramatic Baritone with greater ease in the upper tessitura.

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Baritone singer is often the one required to support or "fill" the bass sound and to complete a chord.

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