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heldentenor Syllabification: hel·den·ten·or
Pronunciation: /ˈheldəntəˌnôr/ /ˈheldnˌtenər/

Definition of heldentenor in English:


1A powerful tenor voice suitable for heroic roles in opera.
Example sentences
  • The demands of the Heldentenor repertoire are such that the baritone colour, baritone weight to the voice, is what it takes to get past the orchestra and make the character a little more believable.
1.1A singer with a heldentenor voice.
Example sentences
  • He asks for a Heldentenor as well as a ‘normal’ tenor, the first representing St. John who announces his vision in carillon-like music and who narrates, the second used for various characters and lyrical commentary.
  • Anyone attempting to compare Domingo's voice on record to those of the great Heldentenors makes a fool of himself, and possibly others.
  • Robert Dean Smith is a Heldentenor with a lyrical quality to his voice, which makes his interpretations of Wagner movingly beautiful even in their heaviest moments.


1920s: German, literally 'hero tenor'.

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