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Male ranges Human voices may be classified according to their vocal range — the highest and lowest pitches that they can produce. ... Look up Soprano in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A mezzo-soprano (meaning medium soprano in Italian) is a female singer with a range usually extending from the A below middle C to the F an eleventh above middle C. Mezzo-sopranos generally have a darker (or lower) vocal tone than sopranos, and their vocal range is between that...

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In music, an alto or contralto is a singer with a vocal range somewhere between a tenor and a mezzo-soprano. The term is used to refer to the deepest female singing voice, or one of the highest male voices. A typical alto will have a range from around the F below middle C to the E a tenth above middle C (i.e. F3-E5); at the bottom of their range, altos sound almost like tenors. Some altos have even larger ranges; from the C below middle C to the C two octaves above (C3-C6 if middle C is C4). In four part choral harmony, the alto is the second highest voice. Altos originally sang from music written in the alto clef, but now use the treble clef. A sopranist is a male singer who sings in the soprano vocal range. ... In music, a tenor is a male singer with a high voice (although not as high as the modern countertenor). ... A baritenor is a male voice having a tessitura between the baritone and the tenor. ... Sherrill Milnes as Toscas Baron Scarpia Baritone (French: baryton; German: Bariton; Italian: baritono) is most commonly the type of male voice that lies between bass and tenor. ... A bass-baritone is a singing voice that shares certain qualities of both the baritone and the bass. ... A bass (or basso in Italian) is a male singer who sings in the lowest vocal range of the human voice. ... Music is a form of expression in the medium of time using the structures of tones and silence. ... LeAnn Rimes singing in concert A singer is a type of musician who uses his or her voice to produce music. ... Human voices may be classified according to their vocal range — the highest and lowest pitches that they can produce. ... In music, a tenor is a male singer with a high voice (although not as high as the modern countertenor). ... A mezzo-soprano (meaning medium soprano in Italian) is a female singer with a range usually extending from the A below middle C to the F an eleventh above middle C. Mezzo-sopranos generally have a darker (or lower) vocal tone than sopranos, and their vocal range is between that... In music, the term middle C refers to the note C located between the staves of the grand staff, quoted as C4 in note-octave form. ... In music, a tenor is a male singer with a high voice (although not as high as the modern countertenor). ... A choir or chorus is a musical ensemble of singers. ... A clef (French for key) is a symbol used in musical notation that assigns notes to lines and spaces on the musical staff. ... A clef (French for key) is a symbol used in musical notation that assigns notes to lines and spaces on the musical staff. ...


Although both men and women may have voices in the alto range, the word is usually used to mean a female singer. However, choirs singing early music frequently include adult male altos, also called countertenors. In English church usage, the term alto is sometimes exclusively used to mean a boy with this range, while contralto is used for a female singer. However, this is not done consistently, and for most practical purposes, alto and contralto can be thought of as synonyms (the phrase "boy alto" can be used if there is a chance of misunderstanding). A few popular music enthusiasts define the contralto and alto separately, as the contralto having an especially dark range, from the D above low C to Tenor C, which is essentially a female of tenor range, while alto is a voice with a range from F below middle C to the F an eleventh above middle C, and is closer to the mezzo-soprano. The majority however define contralto and alto as synonyms, and assign the adjectives light and dark, with a dark alto being a female of tenor range, while a light alto, commonly referred to as simply alto, to include mezzo-sopranos as well. Early music is European classical music before the classical music era and after Ancient music. ... A countertenor is an adult male who sings in an alto or soprano range, often through use of falsetto. ... Low C is the C one octave below Middle C, and is also named C3. ... Tenor C is the C one octave above Middle C. It is also known as C5. ... In music, the term middle C refers to the note C located between the staves of the grand staff, quoted as C4 in note-octave form. ... A mezzo-soprano (meaning medium soprano in Italian) is a female singer with a range usually extending from the A below middle C to the F an eleventh above middle C. Mezzo-sopranos generally have a darker (or lower) vocal tone than sopranos, and their vocal range is between that...


In medieval polyphony, the principal voice was the tenor. When additional voices were added, they were called contratenor (meaning "against the tenor"). When two such voices were added, they were called contratenor alto and contratenor bassus, indicating high and low respectively. So alto essentially means high voice. Polyphony is a musical texture consisting of two or more independent melodic voices, as opposed to music with just one voice (monophony) or music with one dominant melodic voice accompanied by chords (homophony). ... In music, a tenor is a male singer with a high voice (although not as high as the modern countertenor). ...


Contraltos are fairly rare in opera, since there is very little work that was written specifically for them. Most of the time, contralto roles are limited to maids, mothers and grandmothers, but they do occasionally get notable roles, with witches being the most common outside of the three former roles (A common saying among contraltos is that they're only allowed to play "witches, bitches, or britches"). Baroque opera features a large number of alto roles, often these were written for castrati, nowadays they are sung by countertenors Sydney Opera House: one of the worlds most recognisable opera houses and landmarks. ... Look up mother in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is part of the Witchcraft series. ... A breeches role (also pants role or trouser role) is a role in which an actress appears in male clothes (breeches being tight-fitting knee-length pants, the standard male garment at the time breeches roles were introduced). ... The term Baroque Opera refers to operas written in the 17th Century up until the mid 18th Century. ... A castrato is a male soprano, mezzo_soprano, or alto voice produced by castration of the singer before puberty. ... A Countertenor is an adult male singer who uses the falsetto part of his voice more than usual to sing a higher range than the typical adult male voice. ...


The word, "alto", is often applied to instruments to indicate their range in relation to other instruments of the same group. In common usage, particularly among jazz musicians, the word has become synonymous with the alto saxophone. In US usage the alto horn is an Eb saxhorn, a brass instrument. In music, the range of a musical instrument is the distance from the lowest to the highest pitch it can play. ... Jazz is an original American musical art form originating around the start of the 20th century in New Orleans, rooted in Western music technique and theory, and is marked by the profound cultural contributions of African Americans. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... Saxophones of different sizes play in different registers. ... Known in the U.S. as alto horn, in Germany as althorn, and in the UK as tenor horn, this brass instrument pitched in Eb has a conical bore (gradually widening), and normally uses a deep, cornet-like mouthpiece. ... The saxhorn is a valved brass instrument with a tapered bore and deep cup-shaped mouthpiece. ... Image of a trumpet. ...

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Alto roles in operas

Die Zauberflöte (en: The Magic Flute) is an opera in two acts composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. ... La Cenerentola is a comic opera by Gioacchino Rossini. ... Semiramide is an opera in two acts by Gioacchino Rossini. ... Il trovatore (The Troubadour) is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Leone Emanuele Bardare and Salvatore Cammarano, based on the play El Trobador by Antonio García Gutiérrez. ... Semiramide is an opera in two acts by Gioacchino Rossini. ... Die Tote Stadt (German for The Dead City) is an opera in Three Acts by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, libretto by Paul Schott, a pseudonym of the composer’s father, Julius Korngold. ... Giulio Cesare is an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel. ... This article or section should be merged with Samson and Delilah (opera) Samson et Dalila is an opera in three acts (or four tableaux) composed by Camille Saint-Saëns, initially in 1866 to 1868, and reworked from 1873 to 1877. ... The Medium is a short (one hour long) two act dramatic opera with words and music by Gian Carlo Menotti. ... Mignon is an opera in three acts by Ambroise Thomas to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based on Goethes story Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre. ... For the famous train, see Rheingold Express. ... Siegfried could refer to: The opera by Richard Wagner; see Siegfried (opera). ... La Gioconda can refer to: A famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, better known as Mona Lisa; An opera by Amilcare Ponchielli. ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: Princess Ida Wikisource has original text related to this article: The Princess (Tennyson) Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant, is the eighth operetta written by Gilbert and Sullivan. ... The Rape of Lucretia (Op. ... Little Women (1998) is the first opera composed by American composer Mark Adamo to his own libretto after Louisa May Alcotts tale of growing up in New England after the American Civil War. ... Benjamin Brittens A Midsummer Nights Dream is an opera based on the play of the same name by Shakespeare. ... Eugene Onegin (Евгений Онегин in Russian, Yevgeny Onegin in transliteration) is an opera in three acts by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to a Russian libretto by Konstantin Shilovsky and the composer, based on the novel of the same name by Aleksandr Pushkin. ... Orfeo ed Euridice is an opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck. ... Handel opera composed in 1733. ... The Queen of Spades (Пиковая дама in Russian, Pikovaya dama in transliteration) is an opera in three acts by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to a Russian libretto by the composers brother Modest Tchaikovsky, based on a short story by the poet Aleksandr Pushkin. ... Born in a small Western Massachusetts town in late 1988, Rinaldo has influenced the lives of many during his short time on planet Earth. ... La clemenza di Tito (The Clemency of Titus), K. 621, was an opera seria written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. ... Hänsel und Gretel is an opera by Engelbert Humperdinck (Humperdinck himself described it as a fairy opera. ... Un Ballo in Maschera, or A Masked Ball, is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi with text by Antonio Somma. ...

Alto roles in operettas and musicals

Veerle Casteleyn as Jemima CATS is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber (ALW) in 1978/1979 based on Old Possums Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. ... Into the Woods is an award-winning musical featuring a score by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. ... Carousel is a 1945 stage musical by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (book and lyrics) that was adapted from Ferenc Molnars play Liliom. ... Veerle Casteleyn as Jemima CATS is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber (ALW) in 1978/1979 based on Old Possums Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. ... Sweet Charity, based on Federico Fellinis screenplay for Nights of Cabiria, is a 1966 musical show directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. ... Anyone Can Whistle is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Arthur Laurents. ... 42nd Street is a hugely successful Broadway stage musical, loosely based on the movie of the same name. ... The Mystery of Edwin Drood was a Broadway musical based on the Charles Dickens novel of the same name. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Music Man is a musical play with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson (story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey), which opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre on December 19, 1957. ... Cabaret is a 1966 Broadway musical, based on John Van Drutens play I Am a Camera, based in its turn on stories by Christopher Isherwood, with book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander, produced and directed by Hal Prince and starring Bert Convy... The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper) was a revolutionary piece of musical theatre written (in German) by the German dramatist Bertolt Brecht in collaboration with the composer Kurt Weill in 1928. ... The Mikado, or The Town of Titipu, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. ... Monty Pythons Spamalot is a musical based on the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: HMS Pinafore H.M.S. Pinafore, or The Lass that Loved a Sailor, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. ... Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a musical comedy based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip Peanuts. ... The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper) was a revolutionary piece of musical theatre written (in German) by the German dramatist Bertolt Brecht in collaboration with the composer Kurt Weill in 1928. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Chicago is a musical, first performed in 1975, based on the play Chicago by Maurine Dallas Watkins. ... DVD cover Brigadoon is a musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, first produced in 1947. ... The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a stage and film musical written by Larry L. King. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Lion King is an award-winning Broadway stage musical based on the movie and is directed by Julie Taymor, featuring actors in animal costumes as well as giant, hollow puppets. ... The Mikado, or The Town of Titipu, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. ... The Mystery of Edwin Drood was a Broadway musical based on the Charles Dickens novel of the same name. ... Iolanthe, or The Peer and the Peri, is a comic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta in two acts. ... Bye Bye Birdie was a Broadway musical satire on American society written by Michael Stewart (book), Lee Adams (lyrics), and Charles Strouse (music). ... For the song by Guns N Roses, see Anything Goes (song) Anything Goes is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. ... The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. ... Cabaret is a 1966 Broadway musical, based on John Van Drutens play I Am a Camera, based in its turn on stories by Christopher Isherwood, with book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander, produced and directed by Hal Prince and starring Bert Convy... Veerle Casteleyn as Jemima CATS is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber (ALW) in 1978/1979 based on Old Possums Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. ... Godspell album cover (1971 Original Off-Broadway Cast) Godspell is a musical based on the Gospel of Saint Matthew with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by John-Michael Tebelak. ... Chicago is a musical, first performed in 1975, based on the play Chicago by Maurine Dallas Watkins. ... Victor/Victoria is a 1982 musical comedy film. ... Fiddler on the Roof is one of the most famous stage and film musicals. ... The Rocky Horror Show is a long running stage musical (in London initially, on June 16, 1973) which inspired the movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show. ...

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Classical music

Marian Anderson, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1940 Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897 – April 8, 1993) was an African-American contralto (same range as alto), best remembered for her performance on Easter Sunday, 1939 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. The concert, which commenced with... Janet Baker as Mary Stuart The British mezzo-soprano Janet Baker (born August 21, 1933) is a well-known opera, concert, and lieder singer. ... Marianne Brandt, family name Marie Bischof (1842-1921) was a German operatic singer. ... Clara Butt (1872-1936) was an operatic singer. ... Lili Chookasian is an American contralto of the mid-20th century. ... -1... Birgit Finnilä (born January 20, 1931) is a Swedish contralto and opera singer. ... Maureen Forrester (born July 25, 1930 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian contralto. ... Marilyn Horne The American opera singer Marilyn Horne (born January 16, 1934) is a mezzo soprano who is particularly associated with the music of Rossini and Handel. ... Patti LuPone in her Tony Award winning role as Eva Peron in the Broadway musical Evita. ... Yvonne Minton (born December 4, 1938) is an Australian opera singer. ... Maartje Offers (27 February 1891–28 January 1944) was a contralto classical singer. ... Ewa Podles is a Polish-born Contralto, whose amazing repertoire ranges from Handels Giulio Cesare (Cesare) to songs by Shostakovich. ... Ernestine Schumann-Heink (15 June 1861 - 17 November 1936) was a well-known operatic contralto, noted for the great control, tone, beauty, and wide range of her singing. ... One of the key members in the music group, Boney M. Categories: Musician stubs | Musicians ...

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