The range of notes that a singing voice can encompass. A vocal range of about Middle C to about C6 above the treble clef is the range of a soprano, the range of about F3 below Middle C to about F5 on top of the treble clef is the alto range, the range from about C3 in the bass clef to about G4 above Middle C would be that of a tenor, and the range of E2 below the bass clef to Middle C would be the range of a bass. A mezzo soprano (often referred to as simply a "mezzo") would be between the soprano and alto voices, a baritone would be between the tenor and bass voices, and a contralto would be a low alto, or simply an alto. Usually soprano, mezzo soprano, alto and contralto are female voices and tenor, baritone, and bass are male.
Henry Purcell: Come, ye Sons of Art, come away, "Chaconne"
Baritone: Gioachino Antonio Rossini: The Barber of Seville. "Largo al factotum"
Bass: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Magic Flute, Act II, "Oh Isis and Osiris"
Contralto: George Frideric Handel: Messiah, No. 9, "O thou that tellest"
Soprano: Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi, "O mio babbino caro"
George Frideric Handel: Samson, "Let the Bright Seraphim"
Tenor: Verdi: Rigoletto, "La donna é mobile"
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata No. 140, Wachet auf, BWV 140, "Er Kommt, er kommt"
Mezzo-soprano: Georges Bizet: Carmen, "Habanera"
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas brasileiras, No. 5, I
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