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MUSIC 30 – HISTORY OF OPERA Italian Opera 1830-1850 Voice types in Italian and French opera, 1800-1830 Soprano, Mezzo-soprano (female): heroines, sidekicks, sometimes young boys (e.g., Oscar in Verdi’s Ballo in maschera , or Romeo in Bellini’s I capuleti e I montecchi ) Contralto (female): play older women, sometimes heroines, and even male heroes (as in Rossini’s opera seria) Castrato sopranos and contraltos: still play heroes in the opera seria repertory, though they are now rarely found Tenor légère – “light tenor”: play ingénue male roles (Almaviva in Rossini’s Barber of Seville ), or doddery old men in comedy. Baritones: play villains or sidekicks Basses: play fathers, comic servants, priests, authority figures and kings, and occasionally Mephistopheles or some other demonic figure The new voice: Heroic tenor (with roots in German Romantic Opera, and Rossini’s William Tell ) Gilbert Duprez. At the Paris Opéra in 1830, singing Albert (the male ingénue in Rossini’s
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2012 for the course MUSC 030 taught by Professor Carolynabbate during the Spring '12 term at UPenn.

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