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countertenor,

a male singing voice in the altoalto,
singing voice the range of which is lower than the soprano by the interval of a fifth. More generally, the term refers to the register in which this voice sings, i.e., the second highest part in a four-part musical texture, and to instruments utilizing this register.
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 range. Singing in this range requires either a special vocal technique called falsetto, or a high extension of the tenortenor,
highest natural male voice. In medieval polyphony, tenor was the name given to the voice that had the cantus firmus, a preexisting melody, often a fragment of plainsong, to which other voices in counterpoint were added.
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 range. Countertenors were required during the Renaissance and Baroque periods when women were not permitted to sing publicly. See also castratocastrato
[Ital.,=castrated], a male singer with an artificially created soprano or alto voice, the result of castration in boyhood. The combination of the larynx of a youth and the chest and lungs of a man produced a powerful voice of great range and unique sound.
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countertenor

an adult male voice with an alto range
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The soloists will be soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, counter tenor Robin Blaze (pictured), tenor Andrew Kennedy and bass Roderick Williams.
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That startling voice (originally a Castrato) is the counter tenor of Daniel Taylor, our Orpheus who struggles with grief, a Fury-filled underworld and Rapunzel's cast offs to win back Euridice.
Leigh Melrose was a vibrant, personable baritone soloist, while soprano Sarah Leonard and counter tenor Lawrence Zazzo (substituting for a high tenor in the Roasted Swan song) made the most of their limited offerings.
Alan Ewing, singing his equally uninspiring brother Zebul, and Robin Blaze, singing an at times shaky counter tenor role Hamor, fared little better.
And with guests, soprano Catherine Bott and counter tenor James Bowman on the team, it just had to centre on the operas.
Star soloists include guitarist John Williams and counter tenor Andreas Scholl.
Counter tenor Mark Le Brouq was amusing in his role as the roasting swan, whilebassbaritone Philip Shakesby proved a great asset to the performance.
Completing the line-up will be counter tenor Tim Mead, who has recently excelled singing the title role in Handel's Geiulio Cesare at Glyndebourne, and the rising tenor Ben Johnson, who is winner of this year's highly prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Prizel.
Though counter tenor William Towers was indisposed, quality was assured with Robin Blaze willing to jump on a plane from Valencia at a moment's notice.

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