True contraltos are quite rare. The pitch is very low, the timbre rich and dark. They add weight and colour to an opera chorus and are usually cast as character roles. The contralto is the deepest of the female voice types, fitting in pitch between the mezzo soprano and the tenor. It is a well … Read moreOperatic Voice Types – The Contralto
This is the lowest of the male operatic voices, and usually is found in roles requiring either much character, dignity or both! The true operatic bass voice is not such a common voice, with many of the lower male voice parts being sung by capable lower baritone singers, sometimes known as bass baritones. This has … Read moreOperatic Voice Types – The Bass
Given the wide variety of reasonably priced-performances available today, you don’t have to be wealthy – or a snob – to enjoy opera. Are you a snob if you like opera? Western Culture say yes: The image of opera as a hobby of the upper class can be seen in the novels of Alexander Dumas … Read moreAre You A Snob If You Like Opera?