[bas-oh kuh n-tahn-tee, -tey, bah-soh; Italian bahs-saw kahn-tahn-te]
noun, plural bas·si can·tan·ti [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/. Music.
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
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The basso-cantante is a low barytone, or high bass with a lighter quality of tone than the basso-profondo.
I am well aware that by many musicians the basso-cantante is identified with the barytone.