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also Hel·den·te·nor  (hĕl′dən-tə-nôr′)
1. A tenor voice with a striking dramatic or brilliant quality that is well suited for heroic roles, such as those in Wagnerian opera.
2. A person with such a voice.

[German : Held, hero (from Middle High German helt, from Old High German helid) + Tenor, tenor (from Italian tenore; see tenor).]
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n, pl -tenöre (-teˈnøːrə)
(Classical Music) a tenor with a powerful voice suited to singing heroic roles, esp in Wagner
[literally: hero tenor]
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(ˈhɛl dnˌtɛn ər; Ger. ˈhɛl dn teɪˌnoʊr)

n., pl. -ten•ors, Ger. -te•no•re (-teɪˌnoʊ rə)
a tenor having a powerful voice suited to singing heroic roles, as in Wagnerian opera.
[1925–30; < German, =Helden-, comb. form of Held hero + Tenor tenor]
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Hero tenor in German. A tenor with the power to sing above the sound of a large orchestra.
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Ryan is lyrical and powerful at once, the ingredients for a true heldentenor. He was assertive with Mime and Fafner, insolent with the Wanderer, yearning ever so gently for his mother Sieglinde and full of fear as he kissed the sleeping Valkyrie.
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