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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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Ex Cathedra's policy of drawing soloists from its own ranks here turned into a proud reunion of members who have gone on to great things on the international circuit: Paul Agnew now an authoritatively baritonal tenor, Robin Blaze a radiant male alto, Nat alie Clifton-Griffith and Helen Groves charmingly accomplished, and, most charismatically, Carolyn Sampson a ravishing Queen of Sheba, her top notes illuminating the ether.
Unanimously double-barrelled soloists were Harry Brett-Jones, David Watkin-Holmes, Kym and Phil Ypres-Smith, the latter singing male alto - surely another first for this symphony
With boy choristers and male altos, but this posed no problem for 12 versatile male and female soloists from within this choir.
The piece was originally written for male chorus including boy sopranos and male altos, but Bernstein conceded that it could also be done by a mixed chorus, which was the case on Sunday afternoon.
POOR Handel never heard his Messiah oratorio, except when sung by a few choristers and male altos, with tenors and basses in the majority.
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Matthew Venner, one of the UK's leading male altos and a regular member of Ex Cathedra is the alto soloist in the concert.
Fortunately, any English translations were, for the most part, clear and comprehensible, not easy in a cathedral resonance, but that was not a problem for these skilled artists, consisting of six women and twelve men - including male altos and expressive soloists of all voices.