from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An adult male voice with a range above that of tenor.
- n. A singer having a voice within this range.
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- n. a part or section performing a countermelody against the tenor or main part
- n. adult male singer who uses head tone or falsetto to sing far higher than the typical male vocal range
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or being the highest male voice; having a range above that of tenor
- n. a male singer with a voice above that of a tenor
- n. the highest adult male singing voice
The world of the countertenor is a weird, high-pitched place, where the possibilities of the male voice are pushed to Bee Gees extremities.
His countertenor is a firm instrument, and he uses it remarkably well.
"There are many special people that deserve to be recognised for their efforts and achievements in the community," said Greg whose voice - known as a countertenor - is similar in range to that of a female mezzo-soprano such as the award-winning singer Katherine Jenkins.
The following decade saw a marked increase in productions of Handel operas in mainstream U.S. houses, Mr. Daniels became a superstar here and abroad, and "countertenor" became a desirable voice type for young singers pursuing operatic careers.
David Daniels, the well-regarded countertenor, receives enthusiastic ovations wherever he performs.
Daniels remains the gold standard of our time for a pure-toned countertenor.
Jason Abrams, replacing Mr. Daniels as Roberto, has a high, bright countertenor voice; though understandably tentative, he acquitted himself well.
Yuri Minenko brought an assured, lyrical countertenor to Corrado.
Unfortunately, the countertenor David Daniels, the production's marquee singer and baroque-opera style expert, was ill on opening night, and none of the other singers displayed very exciting mastery of ornamentation.
But with subtle details, countertenor Ryland Angel and the Trinity violins, led by concertmaster Robert Mealy who was key to the spirit of this performance, turned it into a nuanced picture of the Passion of Christ.