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basso cantante

[bas-oh kuh n-tahn-tee, -tey, bah-soh; Italian bahs-saw kahn-tahn-te] /ˈbæs oʊ kənˈtɑn ti, -teɪ, ˈbɑ soʊ; Italian ˈbɑs sɔ kɑnˈtɑn tɛ/
noun, plural bassi cantanti
[bas-ee kuh n-tahn-tee, bah-see; Italian bahs-see kahn-tahn-tee] /ˈbæs i kənˈtɑn ti, ˈbɑ si; Italian ˈbɑs si kɑnˈtɑn ti/ (Show IPA).
a bass voice with an upper range that is more developed than that of the basso profundo.
Origin of basso cantante
1875-80; < Italian: literally, singing bass Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The basso-cantante is a low barytone, or high bass with a lighter quality of tone than the basso-profondo.

    Advice to Singers Frederick James Crowest
  • I am well aware that by many musicians the basso-cantante is identified with the barytone.

    Advice to Singers Frederick James Crowest

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