11 thoughts on “How to Identify Voice Types & Subtypes

  1. With all due respect, this article is inaccurate. Mezzo-sopranos are not what people are referring to when they talk about altos. Mezzo soprano are referred to as another type of soprano whereas the people known as” altos” are what opera people call contraltos. They are very much not the same thing. Contraltos do exist. I should know I am one.

    1. I always cringe when I see articles with Pavarotti as a “leggiero tenor”. David L Jones really did harm the singing community by publishing that terrible article about leggieros. Luciano is for sure a Lyric Tenor, his timbre is too heavy to be remotely close to Juan Diego Florez, considered to be a leggiero uncontroversially. Well, I guess everyone is a leggiero now! I don’t know where you found that information, try talking to a tenor next time.

  2. Nice, but you might want to highlight the contralto as a separate category, because
    I’m a contralto and I almost posted an angry comment on here because I thought it had been excluded.
    Also, I’m not an expert but I have heard that part of the reason why contraltos are so rare is because of vocal coaches teaching contralto students to sing higher than they would otherwise.

      1. Absolutely correct about Pavarotti. A good example of a tenor leggiero or tenor di grazia would be Juan Diego Florez.

  3. I am pretty sure that Louis Armstrong was a Baritone or even a Tenor. The raspiness and roughness of his voice made it sound much lower than it actually was.

  4. For Baritones, when you say “high C”, you mean C5 right? Not C4.
    I’m a Baritone voice part in Barbershop (high baritone) but my full chest range goes from G2 to D#4. In barbershop, we are forced to sing our falsetto up to an A#4.
    So it must be a C4 must be a typo.

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