noun, often capitalized
hel·​den·​te·​nor | \ˈhel-dən-ˌtā-ˌnȯr, -ˌte-nər \

Definition of heldentenor 

: a tenor with a powerful, dramatic voice well suited to heroic roles (as in Wagnerian operas)

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Her Florestan was the heldentenor Ben Heppner, at his best. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: Spruce and Taut, the Met Opera’s ‘Fidelio’ Looks Good at 17," 17 Mar. 2017 As Rodolfo, Carreras was first-rate, his heldentenor voice enhanced by an impressive range of tonal color. Special To The Plain Dealer, cleveland.com, "The Cleveland Opera mounts felicitous, understated 'La Boheme' (review)," 13 June 2017 Klaus Florian Vogt, singing the title role for the first time, united his pure, boyish tone with heldentenor weight. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: Opera Lovers, Make a Pilgrimage to Munich for ‘Tannhäuser’," 23 May 2017

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First Known Use of heldentenor

circa 1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heldentenor

German, from Held hero + Tenor tenor

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