Definitions

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  • n. an adult male voice or voice part higher than the tenor
  • n. a singer with such a voice

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music, a high tenor or an alto voice; the part sung by such a voice.

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Examples

  • Yet there is genuine dramatic frisson delivered by the ice-cold counter-tenor of Christopher Robson as Edward Kelley, the psychic or "scryer" who became Dee's ultimate undoing.

    Dr Dee, Palace Theatre, Manchester | First night review

  • Mezzo Pamela Helen Stephen takes the title role, with Sarah Tynan as the seductive Cleopatra and the counter-tenor James Laing as her brother Tolomeo.

    This week's new live music

  • That opera was written for a counter-tenor whereas Tut also features a lead performer the committed Curtis Wiley with a distinctive voice.

    Michael Giltz: NYMF #4: Jazz, Kiddies, Camp, Tap, Tut and Vamps

  • My distinguished colleagues include the legendary tenor Plácido Domingo, as well as counter-tenor David Daniels, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, soprano Lisette Oropesa, and counter-tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo.

    Danielle de Niese: Inspired to Inspire

  • My distinguished colleagues include the legendary tenor Plácido Domingo, as well as counter-tenor David Daniels, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, soprano Lisette Oropesa, and counter-tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo.

    Danielle de Niese: Inspired to Inspire

  • Here, her wide-ranging output is reflected in a programme that includes the UK premiere of Five Daily Miniatures, settings of Gertrude Stein for counter-tenor and four instruments, and the ensemble version of her trumpet concerto, Miramondo Multiplo.

    This week's new live music

  • Space allows only one accolade: counter-tenor James Laing (Oberon), who was heart-stopping in "I know a bank".

    Macbeth, The Love for Three Oranges, Armida, A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • Three opera productions showed the different possibilities of interaction: one western masterpiece, Handel's Semele, designed, directed and reinterpreted by the Chinese artist Zhang Huan in a co-production with Brussels; one American-Chinese co-production of the traditional tale Madame White Snake, set to eclectic, accomplished music involving children's choirs and a counter-tenor, by the Chinese-American composer Zhou Long; and, finally, a lavish production of a new commission, Song of Farewell.

    Yes, China's got talent – but that's not enough

  • Amung otters, Nessum Dorma wuz sung bie Gregg Pritchard, counter-tenor.

    Wat made u think I’z - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • Michael Ledeen -- lead counter-tenor in the Iran-Contra operetta, resident scholar at the Old-Age Home for Old and Young Neoconservatives (the American Enterprise Institute), nostalgist for the "movement" (not, note, the "regime") of Italian fascism, the man who lamented that Mussolini "never had enough confidence in the Italian people to permit them a genuine participation in fascism," and the man who wrote this:

    Ellis Weiner: Michael Ledeen is Deeply Moved

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