David Allsopp was a choral scholar at King''s College, Cambridge, where he studied computer science, and was subsequently a lay clerk in Westminster Cathedral Choir, before pursuing a freelance career.
In another turn to original intention, Shepard decided to use (as was the custom in Handel's time) a male counter-tenor
for some of the "high parts" usually assigned in later performances to a lower-range female.
The festival will conclude on July 22 on a lyrical note with Franco-Lebanese opera singers Samar Salame (soprano), Fady Jeanbart (baritone) and Fabrice Di Falco (counter-tenor
classical ANDREAS SCHOLL 3pm today Birmingham Town Hall 0121 780 3333 ANDREAS Scholl is one of the most sought-after of singers, with a powerful counter-tenor
voice of the purest gold.
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.
The quartet, composed of Michael Steffan (baritone), Mark Fleming (tenor), Richard Bryan (tenor) and Steve Van Den Broeck (counter-tenor
), will perform a rich repertoire in both comedy and the classics.
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
. I've heard both in my time: perhaps we should have a Welsh judge for a change!
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.
His rhythmic drive is reminiscent of John Adams' orchestral writing, and it underpins echoes of the counter-tenor
shimmer of Benjamin Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." All that plus zesty klezmerband songs playing against spine-tingling choral writing in nine-part harmony, performed here by a cast of 126.
When such operas are performed today, a woman or counter-tenor
takes these roles.
The soloists will be sopranos Christine Brandes and Donna Brown, counter-tenor
Matthew White, tenor James Taylor and baritone Russell Braun.
Brooklyn native Victor Trent Cook, a counter-tenor
, is the eccentric, fun-loving member of the trio.
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.