Rigoletto (George Petean)


Baritone, known as barytonos in Greek meaning ‘deep sounding’, is the most common male voice that stands between the tenor and the bass.

‘Baritonans’ emerged in the 15th century as the term referred to all low voices (baritones and basses). It was not until the rise of the bel canto in the 19th century that the baritone was considered a voice category of its own. With the tenors mostly winning the hearts of the ladies, the baritones are thought to never be so lucky in love. Notable exceptions include Marcello in La Bohème and Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia.