I am just one of many on the internet who have an obsession with the basso profondo singing voice. I will be posting articles, videos, etc. on this blog in order to give my fellow basso profondo fanatics their daily fix. Additionally, this blog will hopefully be an enlightening musical experience for those unfamiliar with basso profondos.
We'll begin this blog with a quintessential sample of the basso profondo.
This basso is reputed to be Michael Zlatopolsky, although I haven't confirmed this one hundred percent. This is a classic example of a Russian basso profondo singing with an Russian orthodox choir. The ending note is a C2, or "low C"--the bread and butter note of basso profondos. This note is a kind of watermark for basses who would wish to enter the profondo category, similar to the high C of tenors (C5), or the high C of sopranos (C6).
The general range of basso profondos tends to bottom out around low A (A1), although there are recordings of basses hitting notes lower than these. Stay tuned for more updates, and, as always, comments are welcome!