Definition of countertenor
: a tenor with an unusually high range (such as an alto range)
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Ms. Amereau is herself something of a welcome throwback at a time when countertenors have all but displaced contraltos in early music.
Countertenors Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings and Nathan Medley achieved a silken blend.
Costanzo, a formidable countertenor and a thoroughly engaging personality, is hosting a miniseries of intimate events this spring at WQXR’s Greene Space.
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Origin and Etymology of countertenor
Middle English countretenour part balancing the tenor, from Middle French contreteneur, from contre- + teneur tenor
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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