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    I heard a true countertenor in recital today. This was a big black dude too. It was surprising to hear that pitch coming out of his mouth, but once one got past that, it was lovely. It didn't sound a bit falsetto.
    He performed Es ist vollbracht! from St. John Passion, J. S. Bach
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    I love any voice which is good of its kind, counter-tenors included.
    In this Handel clip both singers sound fabulous!


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    Marco Lazzara does a very good job with Venti, turbini:


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    I prefer avoiding countertenors as much as possible. I saw one in the sung-in-English Julius Ceasar (DVD, Handel), Bowman, who is excellent in the particular role there. I like that one countertenor in that one DVD and on the CD soundtrack of it.

    Couple weeks ago I saw Handel's Alcina live. They used a countertenor. While I prefer an also in the role of Ruggerio, this particular countertenor did a remarkably good job of it.

    Found an interesting article on countertenors and their historic castrato forefathers. Here is a quote:
    Philippe Jaroussky admitted that his cherubic sound can provoke an “element of repulsion” saying, “It’s true that there is something potentially ridiculous about this voice coming out of a man’s body. People talk about the countertenor being a third sex, or something quasi female.”
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    The daddy of them all, probably the first ‘famous’ countertenor, the magnificent Alfred Deller.

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    Here's another thrilling and heart-stopping Es ist vollbracht from the St John Passion - Suzuki recording and the countertenor is Robin Blaze (at 4:40)


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