- 1The highest male adult singing voice (sometimes distinguished from the male alto voice by its strong, pure tone).More example sentences
- Of the four singers, the most impressive are the three guest performers, one of whom appears as both counter-tenor and tenor, excelling more with his tenor voice than as a falsettist.
- Kenny sang in a clear and true counter-tenor which entirely befitted the ecclesiastical surroundings and added an appropriate 17th-century sound to the vocal range.
- It was, however, a neat piece of vocal casting to use Zazzo's counter-tenor to provide an element of contrast in a piece heavy with male roles.
- 1.1A singer with a countertenor voice.More example sentences
- Robin Blaze, a male counter-tenor, sings the ‘alto’ solos, although Bis's notes are not entirely clear about this point.
- As the main emphasis of the courses lies in the choir made up of all participants, space is limited to approximately twenty sopranos, twelve altos and counter-tenors, and sixteen basses.
- Now a real counter-tenor sings the role of Ruggiero, for example.
late Middle English: from French contre-teneur, from obsolete Italian contratenore, based on Latin tenor (see tenor1).
More definitions of countertenorDefinition of countertenor in:
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