Jan Mikusek, born in Valasske Mezirici, specialises in performance of Renaissance and Baroque music, whether as a member of the Affetto vocal quartet or with other early music ensembles, but the wider public has got to know him in recent years mainly for his roles in two contemporary operas: in Martin Smolka's Nagano (2004) he sang the role of the hockey goalie Dominik Hasek, and in Ales Brezina's Zitra se bude .
Directed by counter-tenor
Axel Kohler and conducted by Howard Arman, this video captures a live performance presented at the Handel-Festspiele in Halle, Germany in 2006.
Mehta (who is the nephew of conductor Zubin Mehta) is a counter-tenor
of the first order, able to leap the most complex tessitura at a single bound.
The vocalist - who sings in an unusual high pitched counter-tenor
voice - spent 12 days in bed after being struck down by the deadly bug.
I believe that kind of male singer is known as a counter-tenor
Yet, among the mainly surefooted soloists, it was only when counter-tenor
Robin Blaze entered the fray that there was the first true feeling of any sort of evangelism.
This year's performance will be led by a full orchestra comprised of volunteer musicians, four professional soloists -- soprano Tamara Matthews, bass- baritone Arthur Woodley, tenor John Tessier and counter-tenor
David Hansen -- and world-renowned Maestro Alex Klein.
Last year, the symphony used a male counter-tenor
in place of the usual female alto for one of the four soloists; this year, it is returning to the traditional setup of two men and two women.
Gasser says that the voice range demanded by Milan's songs corresponds to that of a mezzo-soprano and that they might well be performed by a counter-tenor
to be consistent with the male point of view of many of the songs.
It is hard to imagine a more enchanting timbre than that of French counter-tenor
Philippe Jaroussky, voted "Singer of the Year", or that of the extraordinary talent of violinist Julia Fischer, "Instrumental Artist of the Year".
The cast of superb singer-actors is led by the American soprano Sandra Piques Eddy (Poppea) and the British counter-tenor
James Laing (Nerone).
Few who heard it will not forget Mrs Mao's aria from Adams' Nixon in China two years ago, sung so astonishingly well by the Korean, Hye Jung Lee - and we were all captivated in 2009 by Yuriy Mynenko, the Ukrainian counter-tenor
, singing Broschi's Ombra fedele.
The thirty-something from Barcelona is a counter-tenor
and his 12 track recital explores the seamier side of Handel's operas.
James Bowman, right, joins Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society (LCCS) for an evening of baroque music at the cathedral on Saturday.
But that was all before he saw Fminelli, the 1994 movie based on the life of the 18th-century Italian castrate The film turned Lees world upside down, whetting his appetite for all things counter-tenor