Are You a Tenor or a Baritone?

The Baritone Blog

IMG_1103 (1) With Joseph Calleja, La bohème, Royal Opera House, 2015

Just like people, vocal cords come in all different shapes and sizes. Our voice types are what they are, and there’s nothing we can do to change them. For opera singers, a long and healthy singing life is the goal, and one of the biggest vocal killers is singing the wrong repertoire (or fach).

DISCLAIMER: most of these thoughts can apply to sopranos and mezzos, too, but I’m going to stick to what I know, and that’s male singing.

Most young men are baritones because, just like body types, most vocal cords are of average length and thickness. The average height of males in the US is 5’9 1/2” (182 cm). It’s the same concept when we discuss the average range of the human voice.

Now the fach system is not always so clear cut and some of us singers…

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