Highs and lows of the baritenor voice: exploring the other male hybrid
The use of voice types as labels to describe the attributes of voices, both mature and developing, is common among scholars and teachers of singing. Bass, baritone, and tenor are the primary labels used to classify male voices whose production is dominated by chest voice. The bass-baritone is a widely recognized male voice hybrid, borrowing traits from both the bass category and the baritone category. The hybrid counterpart of the bass-baritone is the baritenor, which borrows traits from the baritone category and the tenor category. The first half of this document explains the hybrid baritenor voice from a pedagogical standpoint through the examination of registers in the voice, registration and terminology, registration events, and the role of range, timbre, and tessitura in the classification of voices. The second half features art song repertoire in keys meant to encourage the exploration of the baritenor's dual vocal identity. Selections from the baritone and tenor operatic and oratorio repertoire are also featured. These selections are useful in cultivating the baritenor voice; the roles may be sung in their entirety by the mature baritenor.