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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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Countertenors are a niche element of the classical music world -- according to Khodr there are only 52 working countertenors -- but in these baroque-obsessed times, when Handel operas seem to be more frequently revived than the crowd-pleasers of Giacomo Puccini or Georges Bizet, it can be tricky for a countertenor to offer something new.
Countertenor is a discipline that has been artificially created today; it never functioned before in this form.
This catalog lists approximately 600 pieces composed for countertenor between 1950 and 2000.
The voice of a countertenor has a very contemporary, sound to me," said Walsh, one of DM's "25 to Watch" last year.
The countertenor David Daniels (as Bertarido) sang a heartbreaking first aria and was strong throughout (his duet with Fleming put one in mind of Richard Strauss's writing in Rosenkavalier), and the countertenor Bejun Mehta (as Bertarido's friend Unulfo) dispatched coloratura with aplomb.
Widely regarded as the leading countertenor of oar time, Daniels sings a repertoire that includes both classical opera--where he sings many of the old castrato roles--and an extensive recital repertoire, including song literatare of the 19th and 20th centuries.
This is essentially a nostalgic cabaret turn, "John Kelly sings Joni Mitchell," of the kind that, if the songwriter were of the Cole Porter generation, say, and if the singer weren't a countertenor in drag, you might find at any number of uptown boites.
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Spanish countertenor Xavier Sabata excels in capturing the psychopathic traits of the evil and dangerous Tamerlano.
They will be joined by Rejouissance - a period instrument ensemble led by Simon Jones, head of the string department at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama - and sopranos Rebecca Moon and Amy Moore, countertenor James Neville, tenor Christopher Bowen and baritone Owen Gilhooly.
Countertenor Tim Mead floated some gorgeous high notes, gracefully caressing the words.