Definition of heldentenor in English:
1.1A singer with a heldentenor voice.
- 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'.