Good opera pieces for baritones?

I'm considering the idea of teaching myself a bit of opera, what would be some good pieces for a baritone to learn? If I can get a knack for it, I may try to get lessons. Thank you for any and all help :)

Update:

I understand that, I've sang in many other fields before so I'm curious how good my voice is without classical training. This is almost a challenge for me, I know I'm not going to master it, I'm just trying to see where I measure up with this.

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  • 8 years ago
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    Your voice may be very good without training. But the point of all the intense and long training that legitimate opera singers go through is not because they started out not being able to sing, but to learn how to sing some very difficult music in a way that is both beautiful and non-damaging to the vocal cords. Many people imitate opera singers by artificially making their voices sound "heavy" or "big" and are under the impression this is the correct way to sing opera or other types of classical music. You really run the risk of ruining whatever voice you have trying to "measure up" to professional singers who were born with big, beautiful voices to begin with and have had years of study. For heaven's sake, even that pop tenor Andrea Bocelli had voice lessons!

    Any hoo--

    for baritone arias, there are a number of really good ones from many of Mozart's operas. He seemed to like to write for baritones and he had a good understanding of the human voice.

    Many baritone roles in Mozart operas are also sung by bass-baritones.

    "Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja" from "Die Zauberflöte"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpMCRXyW7nk

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    (This opera is frequently performed in English)

    Other operas you might try "Don Giovanni", "Le Nozzi di Figaro" (The Marriage of Figaro), "Cos fan Tutti", etc.

    Examples:

    "Non piu andrai" from "Le Nozze di Figaro"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsmvqPOB3QA

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    "Deh vieni alla finestra" from ""Don Giovanni"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNIkXfwEU3c

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    "La ci darem la mano" soprano/baritone duet from "Don Giovanni"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEgLgF3CpZ8

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    "Madamina, il catalogo è questo" from "Don Giovanni"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INF9r5jju0A

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    Other baritone arias that you may have heard before include

    "Largo al factotum" from Rossini's "Il barbiere di Siviglia" (Barber of Seville)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6uSR1VrYl0

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    "Votre Toast" from Bizet's"Carmen"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgxafdATvhw

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    also from "Carmen" --"Toreador"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOxDzDyLEMQ

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    Why START with opera? How about taking a stab at lieder or even oratorios or some other classical music?

    German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau essentially made his career by his intelligent and beautiful interpretation of Schubert songs.

    Considering how many church choirs do performances of "Messiah", not all of them necessarily use profession and/or trained singers as soloists (though in many cases maybe they SHOULD have). Below is the soloist for a UCLA performance. He does a great job on the runs. Why should tenors have all the fun after all?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y3UAx-IDmU

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    All of the arias mentioned above should be available for free at http://imslp.org

    You of course, can also order from various sheet music companies.

    Source(s): You can get a whole collection of oratorio arias for baritones or basses here: http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/The-Oratorio-A... Classical music is very physically demanding--even as an amateur singer, if I don't sing for several months, I have to go back into "training". I never intended to have a professional career singing (I just loved classical music even as a child and was blessed with the right sort of voice for it). Still, I had to have several years of voice lessons on and off since high school, and I am middle-aged now. In addition to just keeping your voice in shape, you have to deal with any changes to your voices as you grow and mature.
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  • 4 years ago

    That is splendid that you are auditioning for the phantom of the opera! I am in drama too and that is one in every of my favorite broadway pieces! Anyhow, until you are not allowed to, i might suggest auditioning with a music from phantom. And if it can be too excessive, that you could take it down an octave. Singing a piece from phantom can provide them a batter proposal of how good you could do with the tune and how robust of a singer you might be. Excellent success on the auditions! :)

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  • 6 years ago

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  • 8 years ago

    Méphistophélès role in La damnation de Faust (Berlioz)

    ... not something I'd recommend you try on your own to "get the knack of it".

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