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Nope.

They sound thin and weak to me. If someone went around talking in falsetto all day, I'd be inclined to get away from them. That's how I feel about countertenors. They sound like someone trying to goof around.
 

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Nope.

They sound thin and weak to me. If someone went around talking in falsetto all day, I'd be inclined to get away from them. That's how I feel about countertenors. They sound like someone trying to goof around.
This doesn't sound in the least bit thin or weak to me, and it certainly doesn't sound like someone goofing around.

 

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NO to countertenors! They suck!
 

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A pure and simple poll.

My opinion: countertenors creep me out a bit - but in a good way.
Really? What do they make you want to do?
 

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Sure, I like them.

Why would they creep anyone out?
Because they are not as liberal as you in the area of sexual identity, I would guess. Do I need to explain because it's so invisible to you?
 

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No, they don't have to be killed but at least put them on a small island in the Caraïben.
As long as I never have to listing to them again .
What if we got you a parrot who was played continuous countertenor recordings for his first ten years of life?
 

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I met my gf at a Counertenor concert. I also write organ music.
What do you mean by "girlfriend?" What do you mean by "organ?"
 

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I find it difficult to credit this poll. Why on earth is it here. And anyway, what is supposed to happen if the answer is no? What prejudice will be exercised next - Mongolian throat singers? I don't particularly like the sound of bass saxophones! But it is of little interest who else doesn't.
Apparently, you are blind to the obvious effects on many people of a countertenor singing like a female, and all its implications. Bass saxophones carry no such social resonance.
 

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Personally I like my angels to sound a little more conventionally masculine- I've always envisioned the heavenly host sounding like a youthful John McCormack- but there's no doubt that the handsome young Mr Jaroussky produces an attractive tone... for a countertenor. The exception that proves the rule!
As B.B. King said, as long as the angel will "spread its wings" around you, it doesn't matter.
 

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My daughter got me Franco Fagioli's Arias For Caffarelli CD for Christmas. Took me a little time to get used to his voice (about a day), now I can't get enough, I've become a Fagioli fanboy.

The counter tenors have certainly opened up a new area of exploration for me - baroque and early classical opera.

If counter tenors in 'male' roles are too freaky for you then stay with the ladies in breeches.

Best wishes
Metairie Road
Franco Fagioli? You're joking, right?
 

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Nope.

They sound thin and weak to me. If someone went around talking in falsetto all day, I'd be inclined to get away from them. That's how I feel about countertenors. They sound like someone trying to goof around.
Was Prince a countertenor?
 

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I have much dislike for counter tenors too, but have restrained myself from saying much more about it. I ignore them and they ignore me. It works out to mutual benefit. I do allow one counter tenor when I listen to Handel's Julius Caesar in the English translation, as Tolemo is a creep anyway, so fittingly filled by a counter tenor because they creep me out.

They snuck one in at a Messiah concert, and my wife asked me whey a man is standing up but a woman is singing. She didn't know, but was not thrilled about it once I explained.
 
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I admit that countertenors of the past, like Alfred Deller and, to a slightly lesser extent, Janes Bowman sounded a bit hooty and I coudln't get on with their sound. Then, almost twenty years ago now, a friend took me to the bargain for a concert of music by Vivaldi given by Europa Galante with David Daniels and he completely changed my views on countertenors. He had a voice of great beauty which easily penetrated the hall, allied to wonderful musicality and a great gift for communication. I stayed behind to meet him and buy a signed CD, and I don't think I ever missed any of his London visits after that.

I just don't understand why people have a problem.
 

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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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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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