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  Countertenor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A countertenor is an adult male who sings in an alto or soprano range, often through use of falsetto.
The countertenor voice went through a massive resurgence in popularity in the second half of the 20th century, partly caused by pioneers such as Alfred Deller and by the increased popularity of Baroque opera.
Countertenors remained in the niche of sacred vocal music, in part because women were banned from singing in church services.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Countertenor   (759 words)

A countertenor will use a huge amount of falsetto in the onset of tone - then expanding into the rest of the cord - while a baritone will use the main part of the cord in onset, whilst having some falsetto present.
The countertenor voice has grown over the years, in variety of tone within the individual and within the voice type as a whole, to the point where some male singers are not easy to distinguish from female singers.
Because Castrati are extinct and the percentage of natural countertenors is very, very low, nearly the only way for a male to sing countertenor is to utilize their developed falsetto.
www.mp3.fm /Countertenor.htm   (878 words)

 Wikinfo | Countertenor
The range of a countertenor is similar to that of the (more usually female or boy) alto, although some countertenors attain a soprano range.
Although there have been countertenors singing for hundreds of years, the man who in recent times made their use in music more popular was Alfred Deller.
Countertenors are most often used today in baroque operas with parts originally written for castrati.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=Countertenor   (386 words)

 baritones   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The countertenor voice literally means "in opposition to the tenor" or "above the tenor", and it is in fact the highest male voice.
Though the countertenor voice has limited possibilities for volume due to the physics of singing in the falsetto register, with exacting training, they can produce a well focussed tone that while not of enormous amplitude can often meet or exceed the volume of a tenore di grazia.
The range for a countertenor is generally that of a lyric soprano, or bottom ā€˜Aā€™ in the treble clef, to perhaps the ā€˜Cā€™ above the staff.
www.ups.edu /faculty/mdelos/COUNTERTENORDEF.htm   (371 words)

 Countertenor David Daniels, Opera Singer and Musician
Countertenor David Daniels and soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian team as Gluck’s ill-fated lovers in Lyric Opera of Chicago's Orfeo ed Euridice.
David Daniels is known for his superlative artistry, magnetic stage presence and a voice of singular warmth and surpassing beauty, which have helped him redefine his voice category for the modern public.
The American countertenor has appeared with the world's major opera companies and on its main concert and recital stages.
www.danielssings.com   (387 words)

 An Introduction to Singing Technique and a Short History of the Countertenor
He was the first great countertenor to appear at the Metropolitan Opera (incidentally, at the peak of his career he rivalled Marilyn Horne) and in doing so he gave notice that countertenors were no longer to be restricted to tiny theatres.
The simple reality is that, as it is for all other voices, good countertenor singing is based on the fundamentals of healthy singing: "vital" breath, natural articulation, proper use of the body combined with the freedom and ease we associate with effective and profound communication.
What is so remarkable about the countertenor voice is that, with all of these differences, the goals of making beautiful sounds and music remain at the heart of the creative process.
www.scena.org /lsm/sm7-7/intro.html   (1251 words)

 Countertenor Revolution
Not since the 17th and 18th centuries, when countertenor singers and singing were at their peak of popularity - most prominently and artfully displayed in the works of Purcell and Handel - has this highest of male voices enjoyed such attention.
When properly formed and developed, the countertenor arguably is the most richly colored and expressive of all the categories of human voices.
He often uses the word "flexibility" in describing the attributes of a true countertenor voice, and when you hear him sing, you don't have to wonder what he means.
www.radix.net /~dalila/singers/CT/counter-revolt.html   (1171 words)

 Male soprano & countertenor, Aris Christofellis-Listen here   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
This is an introduction to the voice of Aris Christofellis, male soprano; a great countertenor with an extraordinarily beautiful voice and unparalleled virtuosity and vocal range.
Aris is a sopranist or 'sopranista', a countertenor who sings in the high soprano.
As the first male soprano to be heard in opera in over a hundred years, he is the originator of this voice type in the modern era; but whereas the previous operatic male sopranos were castrati, Aris is a countertenor using an exceptional falsetto.
www.jan-billington.com /christofellis   (338 words)

 FanFaire interviews David Walker, countertenor
Not only do we have countertenors performing today, but we are also now getting male sopranos, male altos, etc. I can most effectively explain my vocal compass in comparison to a mezzo soprano, but am fortunate to have a lower and higher extension as well.
Many countertenors feel that this is their natural voice, and they are singing with their real instrument.
DW: In a way, yes, the countertenor voice is restricted largely to oratorios and operas from the Baroque and early classical periods.
www.ffaire.com /countertenor/dwinterview.html   (1917 words)

 FanFaire: Getting Acquainted with Unusual Voices
Actually, the countertenor is the highest male voice that perhaps can best be described in comparison to the mezzo-soprano - for whom male roles have been composed and whose voice type certainly is not unfamiliar.
And it helps that today there appears to be no shortage of countertenors and mezzo-sopranos* whose vocal prowess can transport listeners back to the age of castrati.
And while mezzo-sopranos have been highly acclaimed for their performances of various castrati roles, it is the relative novelty of the countertenor (sometimes rightly or wrongly referred to as male alto, male soprano, or falsettist) that has piqued public curiosity and caused a stir in recent years.
www.ffaire.com /countertenor   (555 words)

 Countertenor David Daniels
Countertenor David Daniels to perform Nov. 7 at Luther College Center for Faith and Life
Once regarded as poor imitations of female sopranos, countertenors have become one of the hottest items in the classical music market due in large part to the caliber of performances by Daniels whose voice is as full-bodied and expressive as the virtuosos of any other vocal category.
His extensive recital repertoire includes the song literature of the 19th and 20th centuries not regularly associated with countertenors.
publicinformation.luther.edu /cssdaviddaniels1002.html   (542 words)

 High Notes of the Countertenor Reformation
The explosion is due in part to the continuing popularity of Baroque opera, where countertenors sing the roles originally written for castrati, the gelded male sopranos and altos extinct since the beginning of the present century.
Whereas the soprano and alto voices of castrati were surgically preserved by a bit of nip and tuck below the belt, the high voices of most countertenors today are produced by cultivating the falsetto voice itself, the flutelike tones comparable to the upper notes in yodeling.
Oberlin says that all of the well-known countertenors singing today are falsettists rather than true countertenors, but he adds that definitions change.
www.radix.net /~dalila/singers/CT/counter-reform.html   (1038 words)

 The Countertenor Strikes Back
And this retro-Baroque movement in music is uncovering some amazingly good voices—voices like that of Andreas Scholl, a 38 year old German countertenor who has made his way into the classical music scene through the renewed call around the globe for authentic performances of Baroque music.
In fact, George Friedrich Handel raised the countertenor into an opera demigod by writing the main (male) roles in his oratorios for countertenors.
Wayfaring Stranger seems to be the next step for countertenors like Andreas Scholl who don’t want to belong to a male choir like Chanticleer or The King’s Singers, but who do want to expand their repertoire beyond the Baroque into folk or more pop-oriented pieces.
www.iwu.edu /~esiegel/interest_essay   (1004 words)

 Countertenor Index Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Still, the definition I prefer is that a countertenor is a man who uses either falsetto or, rarely, a naturally light and heady tenor voice to sing in the alto range.
The term was revived and used exclusively for falsetto singing by Alfred Deller in the 1940s; then Russell Oberlin, whose technique seemed to be that of a high lyric tenor, also used the term.
The best evidence I have up to now is that the parish church he worked for had no proper altos, so he did indeed have to use his first tenors...
www.countertenor.demon.co.uk /ct/ctindex.html   (414 words)

 The Countertenors' new website
The young and promising Estonian countertenor Ivo Posti first studied history in the Estonian University of Tartu and was a teacher of Political Science in "Gymnasium".
In addition to the familiar countertenor repertoire, Ivo Posti has shown a great talent and vocal ability with the interpretation of the alt-mezzo Classical and bel-canto repertoire.
Beverle is a mystery author with a series of novels that follow the career of an 18th century castrato.
members.tripod.com /countertenors   (1236 words)

 The (Un)official Countertenor Homepage
Dalton is one of a crop of Aussie countertenors garnering attention.
Daniels was the first countertenor to receive the prestigious Richard Tucker Prize (1997), another feather in the cap of this young countertenor who originally trained as a tenor at the University of Michigan.
A potentially exciting new countertenor from Poland, Paradowski is a soprano who sings coloratura arias, and alto and soprano opera roles.
www.medieval.org /emfaq/performers/countertenors.html   (10300 words)

 The Countertenor, Bejun Mehta Gets A Second Chance - CBS News
In the 17th and 18th centuries, countertenor roles in opera were sung by castrati - young boys who were castrated to keep their voices from changing.
”When the countertenor first sang,” says Richard Gaddes, director of the Santa Fe Opera, “one felt that, that people were almost ready to run for cover.
He says audiences have gotten use to women playing the parts of men, but are only just beginning to accept the idea of men singing like women.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2002/01/29/60II/main326031.shtml   (870 words)

 Countertenor Jokes
where a countertenor writes the lyrics in case he goes blank in the middle of the song
of a countertenor singing an heroic aria from the battlements of a castle
When the sopranos are holding some outrageously high note at the end of an anthem, the countertenors always get the last words.
www.andreasschollsociety.org /Dictionary.htm   (3083 words)

 NPR: Performance Today -- Live in Studio 4A -- David Daniels & Craig Ogden
American countertenor David Daniels breaks barriers for his voice part in his new CD, A Quiet Thing, that features tunes ranging from the 17th-century lute song to the 20th-century American musical.
When you think of a countertenor, what generally comes to mind is Renaissance and Baroque music, florid Handel arias and Dowland lute songs, and the castrati.
In truth, Daniels' countertenor voice is hardly false, embodying a rich male alto sound full of warmth and color that is unsurpassed by any other countertenor today.
www.npr.org /programs/pt/4a/daniels.html   (263 words)

 Amazon.com: Cantatas for Solo Countertenor: Music: Bruno Cocset,Vincent Charbonnier,Il Seminario Musicale,Pierre ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
And of course Gerard Lesne is one of the most celebrated countertenors on the stage today.
Lesne is certainly as versatile a countertenor as Andreas Scholl and David Daniels, though he is apparently a little less in the limelight.
The cantatas presented here are well arranged so that there is considerable contrast in style and tempo from one piece to the next, assuring that the listener never feels a sense of monotony.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000090WCA?v=glance   (1705 words)

 Jay Carter, countertenor
merican countertenor Jay Carter is quickly gaining recognition as one of the nation's finest, lauded for his luminous tone and stylish interpretations, especially in the music of Handel, Bach, and Purcell.
As a tenor he originally trained with Arnold Epley and in recent seasons has championed the countertenor repertoire.
Carter became the first of his voice type to appear with the Independence Messiah Choir in its distinguished 4 generation history under the baton of conductor Simon Carrington, and again reprised that role under the baton of Sir Philip Ledger in 2004.
www.earlymusic.net /jaycarter   (177 words)

Aris was the first operatic male soprano of the modern era and his example has revolutionised the modern performance of Baroque opera.
He also sings happily in the countertenor range.
Information on countertenor Benjamin Williamson, a choral scholar at King's College, Cambridge, UK.
a.webring.com /hub?ring=countertenor   (216 words)

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