countertenor :

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kown ter te ner

  • n  a male singer with a voice above that of a tenor
  • n  the highest adult male singing voice
  • s  of or being the highest male voice; having a range above that of tenor

  • From the Renaissance through the 18th century the countertenor was the most popular singer in Europe.
  • Enter England's Alfred Deller, who, starting in the mid-1940s, singlehandedly revived countertenor singing.
  • No, it's what happens whenever countertenor David Daniels makes another debut, as he did in April at New York City's Metropolitan Opera, and will be doing in August at the .

  • David Daniels in Times Online
    Everybody has this idea that the countertenor voice is more fragile than any other, but the voice has evolved,says Daniels, who will stretch his voice into the 20th century to sing Brahms, Hahn, Finzi and Elgar at the Wigmore Hall next year.

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