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got bassos?

Profondo, buffo, dramatic buffo, basso cantate. If you enjoy hearing a low, male voice (and presumably the singer that comes with the low voice), then let me recommend two online sites for you. A pair of very different, yet well-purposed compendia you bass-bari lovers many find useful:      

The Basses Site

Luigi Lablache

The first of these is a website called The Basses Site and features photos and bios of famous basses of every stripe, from Theo Adam, a bass-baritone born in the 20th century to Luigi Lablache, a coloratur bass, who sang many Rossini roles and lived during the same time period.      

It is an informative, entertaining whirlwind tour of operatic basses, complete with dozens of colorful photos.      

Barihunks

Also replete with colorful, engaging photos is the second reference of a completely different tenor (pun wholly intended) — the popular blog which I have listed in Links You’ll Love called, “Barihunks.”      

If you are looking for rotund bassos to readily tickle your funnybones, stick to The Basses Site because there just aren’t fat rolls to be found on the hunks of Barihunks.      

Anders Froehlich

Contrast the roly-poly Luigi with the American baritone and  Connecticut native Anders Froehlich, currently featured on Barihunks for his work with Opera San Jose.      

Go ahead, spend a few minutes–five, ten–okay an hour scrolling through Barihunks.      

Now, this might just be the red-blooded American woman in me crying out to preserve the high level of manli-, um, -ness, I mean manly appeal  on stage. (Whew, is it hot in here or is it me?)  Who says we’re not in the Golden Age of Opera right now, in a manner of speaking, in an important sense–the cosmetic, manly appeal sense. Perhaps not all-encompassing sense but certainly a significant one. Ahem.

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