Hobbies Playing Music The Voice as a Musical Instrument Vocal Range Share PINTEREST Email Print Samuel Ramey performing Gounod's 'Vous qui faites l'endormie.'. Hiroyuki Ito / Getty Images Playing Music Music Education Basics Music History Music Lessons Music Theory Playing Guitar Playing Piano Home Recording By Espie Estrella Espie Estrella is a lyricist, songwriter, and member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. our editorial process Espie Estrella Updated June 09, 2017 Each of us has a specific voice type or vocal range; some may be capable of hitting very high notes, while others are more comfortable singing low. Did you know that our voice is also considered a musical instrument? Learn more about the different types of voices. Alto Alto is a type of voice that is lower than a soprano but higher than a tenor. There are many people who sing using the alto voice. One of the popular alto male singers, also known as a counter-tenor, is James Bowman. Bowman sang some of the most memorable compositions of Benjamin Britten including the role of Oberon from "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Baritone The baritone voice is lower than the tenor but higher than the bass. It is the most common male voice type. In operas, baritones may play the role of either the main character or the supporting character. Bass For female singers, the soprano is the highest voice type, while for men, the bass is the lowest. One of the famous bass singers of our time is Samuel Ramey who played the role of Archibaldo in the opera L’amore dei tre Re by Italo Montemezzi. Mezzo-Soprano In Georges Bizet's opera "Carmen," the mezzo-soprano voice is used to play the role of Carmen. This type of voice is lower or darker than a soprano but higher or lighter than an alto. Soprano The soprano voice is the highest female voice type; the late Beverly Sills was one of the most famous coloratura sopranos of our time. Tenor If the soprano is the highest female vocal range, the tenor, on the other hand, is the highest male vocal range. One of the famous tenors of our time was the late Lucianno Pavarotti.