Logan Tanner commanded the role of Oberon charmingly and his musicality, clarity and strong coloratura were striking.
Kai Wessel: I work primarily with countertenors
interested in solo work, many of whom initially sang in male church choirs.
I dreamt of him last night, only he was a countertenor
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.
He said: "Countertenors
are fairly rare so there are not a huge amount of roles for them, but good ones can make a good career for themselves.
He is a countertenor
- a rare voice type which allows an adult male to sing in very high notes, as well as low ones.
Handel Operatic Arias (Virgin Veritas 7243 5 45326 2 7): David Daniels is the countertenor
exponent of arias written for Handel's greatest castrato singers: Senesino, Nicolino, Carestini, and Caffarelli.
As personified by the exciting young bass Denis Sedov and the charismatic soprano Christine Goerke, evil and hatred nearly wipe the floor with the good guys, despite acclaimed countertenor
David Daniels' vocally lush performance in the title role.
Three hundred and three applications were made to the Aria division and 166 to the new Art Song division representing 163 sopranos, 42 mezzo-sopranos, 60 tenors, 62 baritones, 13 bass-baritones, 11 basses and 7 countertenors
. Opera Canada will be on location in Montreal offering daily online coverage of the Competition from June 4-7.
The storied competition between the full voiced high range of Gilbert-Louis Duprez and the falsetto of Adolphe Nourrit reflects the evolution of high male singing; listeners thrilled to Duprez's high pitches sung in full voice, while Nourrit became "the most famous casualty of changing vocal taste." Among modern countertenors
, there exists similar disparate techniques; Ravens characterizes Deller as a falsettist, while Russell Oberlin eschewed the falsetto voice.
Scholl showed his undoubted vocal skill in Vivaldi's Stabat Mater but unlike some countertenors
- David Daniels is a prime example - I find him sometimes a trifle emotionally cool.
are most often associated with the Baroque repertoire.
It's wonderful to see the positive effect of liberation on a cultural phenomenon," In a sense, Daniels has single-handedly paved the way for a whole generation of new countertenors
. According to Home, the time was ripe.
The same low pitch has been used, again misguidedly, on the disc of music by Croft; so have falsettist countertenors
, though more appropriately, for this type of vocal production seems to have become increasingly common in England during the 1690s.