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Thread: Counertenors, yes or no?

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    I must confess that when I saw Handel's Alcina last year, they had a countertenor. I'd rather have gone the next night when they had an alto. Nonetheless, it was a great performance and the countertenor did a magnificent job.
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    Of course yes, the castrato era has ended(thanks God!).

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    I find that with countertenors, it is very dependent on the sound of each singer. Jaroussky, for example, is one I rather dislike in terms of sound. But Daniels or Cencic (one I'd never heard, posted by Aramis on the first page) sound better to me. Still, I find it fatiguing to listen to them, but then I sometimes find sopranos fatiguing to listen to as well.

    Given a choice, I'd pick a female singer over the countertenor, but selective listening can yield some wonderful results.

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    Countertenors, of course it is a "yes". While I do prefer a woman's voice for opera instead of a countertenor, I do not have any qualms about this. It's all about the singing. You could have a badly trained mezzo singing a role or a badly trained countertenor.

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    as a long-time fan of the rock band Yes, I have no problem with counter-tenors.

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    I love countertenors especially the handsome ones

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    I don't understand. Why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeatriceB View Post
    I love countertenors especially the handsome ones
    Are you thinking to Orlinski?

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    Yes!

    I wouldn't want to listen to Akhnaten with a bass-baritone!

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