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…

Rossini:
The Barber of Seville

Figaro – Largo al factotem

Richard Strauss:
Ariadne auf Naxos

Harlekin – Lieben, Hassen, Hoffen, Zagen

Mozart:
Magic Flute

Papageno – Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja


The Cavalier baritone…

Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni –  Deh, vieni alla finestra

Bizet:
Carmen

Escamillo – Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre


The Verdi baritone…

Verdi:
Otello

Iago – Credo

Falstaff

Falstaff – L’onore


The Heldenbaritone…

Wagner:
Die Walküre

Wotan – Abschied


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