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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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texts from ten plays of William Shakespeare, since the countertenor voice first attained prominence in musical performance during his lifetime.
Countertenors are a handful of gifted male singers who truly can hit the high notes in the falsetto style that was most popular in 17th Century choral performances, and 31-year-old Iestyn will be demonstrating his considerable talent at Northumberland's Brinkburn Music Festival this weekend.
I discovered my countertenor voice before I discovered my baritone voice," says Khodr.
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.
A trio moved precisely, like a six-legged creature, their formal pauses in picturesque tableaux matching a stately countertenor aria.
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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.
Handel Operatic Arias (Virgin Veritas 7243 5 45326 2 7): David Daniels is the countertenor exponent of arias written for Handel's greatest castrato singers: Senesino, Nicolino, Carestini, and Caffarelli.