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  • n. Plural form of countertenor.


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  • Among countertenors only the American David Daniels and the Frenchman Philippe Jaroussky elicit the same attention.

    When Sheer Power Is Not Enough

  • Surrounding Costanza dramatically were two countertenors.

    Rodney Punt: Griselda in Peter Sellars Production at Santa Fe Opera

  • Nowadays castrato roles are divided between mezzo sopranos and countertenors.

    Who's who: the different voices in opera

  • "The Enchanted Island," which got its world premiere Saturday night, is an entirely fabricated concoction based on the music of early 18th century composers written for a host of now mostly obscure, unknown operas, with a plot roughly based on two plays of Shakespeare and featuring two countertenors.

    Howard Kissel: The Enchanted Island

  • The opening event at the revamped Usher Hall was a concert performance of American composer John Adams's millennium commission "El Nino" by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Conlon, with the huge Edinburgh Festival chorus, augmented by members of a girls choir, three soloists and an ethereal trio of countertenors.

    Edinburgh's Rich Performance

  • "Partenope" demands two excellent countertenors, and here again, City Opera did well with both the experienced Iestyn Davies, who brought a penetrating sound and vocal bloom to the role of Arsace, and the up-and-coming Anthony Roth Costanzo as Armindo, the suitor who ends up with Partenope.

    Glimmers of Hope At NYCO

  • * Giulio Cesare is an awesome opera for altos: 1 lyric soprano, 1 mezzo soprano, 1 contralto, 3 countertenors (all of which can be sung by mezzos with powerful lower ranges), and 2 basses.

    Recent vocal epiphanies

  • Modern-day mezzo-sopranos and contraltos may have to dig a bit deeper in the library or labor for days with transposing, but should stand firm when countertenors and sopranos try to push them off the stage - or push back.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • He certainly may not be as flashy as some countertenors, mezzos, and sopranos that have mined Handel's seemingly endless vaults for material, but he nonetheless delivers.

    Recordings of the Week

  • A renewed interest in countertenors would be nice.

    Adam Lambert sings "The Tracks of My Tears."


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