Contralto es la voz femenina más grave, y destaca por la rica sonoridad y amplitud de su registro grave. El término también se usa como sinónimo para la persona que canta con esa voz.

Algunos videos de contraltos:

Mariana Pentcheva, Un ballo in maschera, Verdi

Kathleen Ferrier, Ombra mai fu, Händel

Elina Garanca, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Bellini

Algunos de los papeles para contralto más importantes en ópera son:

  • Angelina, en La ceneréntola (Rossini).*
  • Art Banker, en Facing Goya (Michael Nyman).
  • Auntie, dueña de la taberna The Boar, en Peter Grimes (Britten).*
  • Azucena, en Il trovatore (Verdi).*
  • Bradamante, en Alcina (Händel).*
  • La baronesa, Vanessa (Barber).
  • La cieca, La Gioconda (Ponchielli).
  • La condesa Helfenstein, en Matías el pintor (Paul Hindemith).
  • Cornelia, en Giulio Cesare (Händel).
  • Didone, en L’Egisto (Francesco Cavalli).
  • Erda, en El oro del Rin, Sigfrido (Wagner).
  • Fides, en Le prophete (Giacomo Meyerbeer).
  • Madame Flora, en The medium (Gian Carlo Menotti).
  • Gloria Mills, en Axel an der Himmelstür (Ralph Benatzky).
  • Katisha, en El mikado (Gilbert y Sullivan).
  • Klytemnestra, Elektra (Richard Strauss).*
  • Madre, en The consul (Menotti).
  • Madre Goose, en The rake’s progress (Ígor Stravinski).
  • Magdalena, en Rigoletto (Verdi).*
  • Malcolm, en La dama del lago (Gioacchino Rossini).*
  • Mama Lucía, en Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni).
  • Margret, en Wozzeck (Alban Berg).
  • Mary, El holandés errante (Wagner).*
  • Olga, Eugenio Oneguin (Chaikovski).*
  • Orfeo, en Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck).
  • Lel, en La reina de las nieves (Nikolái Rimski-Kórsakov).
  • Little Buttercup, en H.M.S. Pinafore (Gilbert y Sullivan).
  • Lucretia, en La violación de Lucrecia (Britten).
  • El noble Orsini, Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti).
  • Pauline, en La dama de picas (Chaikovski).
  • La principessa, en Suor Angelica (Giacomo Puccini).
  • Mrs. Quickly, Falstaff (Verdi).
  • Rosina, en El barbero de Sevilla (Gioacchino Rossini).*
  • Ruth, en The pirates of penzance (Gilbert y Sullivan).
  • Ulrica, en Un ballo in maschera (Verdi).
  • Una mujer enferma, en Moisés y Aarón (Arnold Schoenberg)
  • Widow Begbick, en Ascensión y caída de la ciudad de Mahagonny (Kurt Weill).*


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