AWARD WINNER Countertenor
Iestyn Davies PICTURE: MARCO BORGGREVE
are the heritage of the castratos," says Khodr, adding that the tune from "Partenope" is "beautiful, it's gorgeous.
There are not many countertenors
because it's a style that does not really appeal to a lot of men.
with the voice of a grown British choirboy, light and sweet and angelically clarion, and ever so slightly mischievous.
He is a countertenor
- a rare voice type which allows an adult male to sing in very high notes, as well as low ones.
THE German countertenor
was nominally the star attraction but it was the singing of Klara Ek which stole the show.
are most often associated with the Baroque repertoire.
One of the world's greatest countertenors
will be the guest of the Cappella Novocastriensis choral ensemble for a Tyneside concert tomorrow.
(Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings and Steven Rickards) incarnated the angel Gabriel and commented on the action in intimate and beautiful harmonies.
who preceded Daniels possessed neither his masculine looks nor his voluptuous sound.
The two countertenors
, Andreas Scholl as the hero Bertarido and Iestyn Davies as the loyal Unulfb, take turns stealing the limelight.
And Andreas Scholl, probably the hottest property among our current countertenors
, recreates these characteristics with a skill which can only leave the listener aghast with admiration.
Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of this production, which opened at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Friday night, is the casting of three leading countertenors
- David Daniels, Bejun Mehta and David Walker - replacing the castratos called for by the composer.
When the tittering audience quieted down and listened to Walker's seductive countertenor
, they not only saw a gym-toned physique but also heard a vocal instrument that prompted The Times of London to note that Walker "joins the very top flight of countertenors
The artist's desire to enrich the repertoire for countertenors