Monday, February 22, 2010

My dear hubby asked me what a basso buffo is, because I'd told him he could do basso buffo roles well. Wikipedia defines a basso buffo thusly: "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 canto operas."

But I'd rather show him.

Perhaps this is more basso tragico, but he'll enjoy it:

A little more traditional, sung by Ildebrando D'Arcangelo:

Another fine example, sung by John Relyea:

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