A bass is the type of male singing voice which has the lowest vocal range of all voice types. A bass is typically classified as having a range extending from around the second F below middle C to the E above middle C. Its tessitura, or comfortable range, is normally defined by the outermost lines of the bass clef.

Bass Roles in OperaEdit

Basso cantante/lyric high bass/lyric bass-baritone

Basso cantante means "singing bass". Basso cantante is a higher, more lyrical voice.
Hoher Bass or "high bass" or often a dramatic bass-baritone

[edit]Jugendlicher BassEdit

Jugendlicher Bass denotes the role of a young man sung by a bass, regardless of the age of the singer.

[edit]Basso buffo/bel canto/lyric buffoEdit

Buffo, literally "funny", basses are lyrical roles that demand from their practitioners a solid coloratura technique, a capacity for patter singing and ripe tonal qualities if they are to be brought off to maximum effect. They are usually the blustering antagonist of the hero/heroine or the comic-relief fool in bel cantooperas.

[edit]Schwerer Spielbass/dramatic buffoEdit

English equivalent: dramatic bass

[edit]Lyric basso profondoEdit

Basso profondo (lyric low bass), is the lowest bass voice type. According to J. B. Steane in Voices, Singers & Critics, the basso profondo voice "derives from a method of tone-production that eliminates the more Italian quick vibrato. In its place is a kind of tonal solidity, a wall-like front, which may nevertheless prove susceptible to the other kind of vibrato, the slow beat or dreaded wobble."

[edit]Dramatic basso profondoEdit

English equivalent: dramatic low bass. Dramatic basso profondo is a powerful basso profondo voice.

[edit]Bass roles in Gilbert and Sullivan operettasEdit

Section headingEdit

Write the second section of your article here.

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.