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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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In addition to following the intricacies of this internecine plot, audiences new to baroque opera are sure to find its conventions perplexing - particularly the use of male counter-tenors and female mezzo-sopranos as stand-ins for those mutated superstars of the past, the castrati.
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Soprano Catherine Bott, counter-tenor James Bowman, piano Jonathan Cohen - varied programme including songs by Britten, Purcell, Gershwin and Flanders and Swann: King's High School for Girls, Warwick, 7.
Counter-tenor Andreas Scholl appears with Swedish soprano Klara Ek and the Italian period instrument ensemble Accademia Bizantina.
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John Haythornthwaite held the storyline satisfactorily if not inspirationally as narrator, with counter-tenor Robert Carey underpowered and soprano Gillian Winstanley so piping she could have shattered a glass chalice.
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