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coun·ter·ten·or

 (koun′tər-tĕn′ər)
n.
1. An adult male voice with a range above that of tenor.
2. A singer having a voice within this range.
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countertenor

(ˌkaʊntəˈtɛnə)
n
1. (Music, other) an adult male voice with an alto range
2. (Music, other) a singer with such a voice
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coun•ter•ten•or

(ˈkaʊn tərˌtɛn ər)

n.
1. a tenor who can approximate the vocal range of a female alto without resort to falsetto.
2. a voice part for a countertenor.
[1350–1400; Middle English, appar. < Anglo-French; compare Middle French contreteneur, Italian contratenore=contra- contra-2 + tenore tenor]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.countertenor - a male singer with a voice above that of a tenor
alto - a singer whose voice lies in the alto clef
2.countertenor - the highest adult male singing voicecountertenor - the highest adult male singing voice
singing voice - the musical quality of the voice while singing
Adj.1.countertenor - of or being the highest male voicecountertenor - of or being the highest male voice; having a range above that of tenor
high-pitched, high - used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency
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Translations

countertenor

[ˈkaʊntəˌtenəʳ]
A. Ncontratenor m
B. CPD [voice] → de contratenor
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countertenor

counter-tenor [ˈkaʊntərtɛnər] nhaute-contre mcounter-terrorism counterterrorism [ˌkaʊntərˈtɛrərɪzəm]
modif [official, expert, agent] → de l'antiterrorismecounter-terrorist [ˌkaʊntərˈtɛrərɪst] adjantiterroriste
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countertenor

[ˌkaʊntəˈtɛnəʳ] ntenore m leggero
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References in periodicals archive ?
This production included two gifted countertenors: Sean Jordan, as Nerone, and Mason Boudrye, as Ottone.
Jerod Reetz: What repertoire do you begin with when teaching countertenors interested in performing in male church choirs or as a soloist?
The music is eclectic (if you like it) or a hotchpotch of disparate styles (if you don't): Bach chorales with a chorus of three countertenors, gospel, Latin American dance rhythms and a dash of rock.
Composed of a bass, two baritones, a tenor and two countertenors, The King's Singers are "unmatched for their sheer musicality and ability to entertain" (The Times, London).
In the last year or so, my love of Mozart's operas has extended backward to Handel's, and I have developed a passion for countertenors. Their in-betweenness fascinates me.
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.
This gives him a strong lower register where many countertenors are strained or thin.
"His Italian was awful, so that will need a bit of work, but he is only starting out, so it could be the beginning of a good career." Howard highlighted the success of modern countertenors such as David Daniels, from South Carolina, who is this year touring the US and Europe, as they become more en vogue.
2) Giulio Cesare (Los Angeles Opera) Countertenors David Daniels, David Walker, and Bejun Mehta hit a new high.
Boffo mezzo Cecilia Bartoli along with countertenors David Daniels and Daniel Taylor lead a terrific cast.
The opening scene finds a trio of countertenors sharing the stage: perhaps a superabundance of this once rare but now thriving vocal category.