2. Baritones

Verdi with his librettist Arrigo Boito
(a natty dresser and also a fine composer in his own right)
creators of several famous baritone roles.

Above – give or take a semitone or two either way – is the range of the operatic baritone. Different singers have different strengths; so within the two octaves you see above the Fach system lists seven subcategories:

  1. Light baritone
  2. Lyric baritone
  3. Cavalier baritone
  4. Verdi baritone
  5. Dramatic baritone
  6. Lyric bass-baritone
  7. Dramatic bass-baritone

(there’s a more detailed listing that includes descriptions and a list of roles below):

And here are a few examples:

Lyric baritones…

The Barber of Seville

Figaro – Largo al factotem

Richard Strauss:
Ariadne auf Naxos

Harlekin – Lieben, Hassen, Hoffen, Zagen

Magic Flute

Papageno – Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja

The Cavalier baritone…

Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni –  Deh, vieni alla finestra


Escamillo – Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre

The Verdi baritone…


Iago – Credo


Falstaff – L’onore

The Heldenbaritone…

Die Walküre

Wotan – Abschied

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