Tenor and Counter tenor: Tenor means the highest Male singing voice specially an Adult singer, the singers voice is between baritone and alto. Tenor voices are often classified as dramatic, lyric or heroic. Also there are few who name some instruments as tenor (e.g. Tenor saxophone, trombone, tuba etc…).In operas there are few who can give the high pitch since this requires a thick timbre and high notes. Let’s be more specific in singing of a four part mixes chorus the tenor is the second lowest voice above the bass and below the soprano and in choral music also tenor is determined by the style of music most often performed by the choir. In Orchestras choruses require tenors with fully resonant voices.
Then we have the lyrical tenor which means a warm graceful voice with a bright and strong voice we hear in orchestras, there are many vocal shades of lyrical tenor group and singers are selected on their ability on how to sing high notes with the required weight in their voice range. Few of the famous Tenor singers of all times who had a unique style and possessed deep tenor vocals are Jonathan Antoine,Piero Barone,Luciano Pavarotti,Alfie Boe,Andrea Bocelli,Mario Lanza to name a few.
Counter Tenor is a type of classical male singing voice whose vocal range is equal to that of a Soprano voice type. During the 17th century the term was widely known in England first, over the years Counter Tenor voices were reinvented by the second half of the 20th century by the increased popularity of Baroque opera and the need for male singers played a significant roles, but we do see that there is a vast increase in the kinds of Counter tenor in modern music. Though originally these words were used to designated to vocal parts, they are now used to describe singers of that particular part whose vocal techniques may differ during the opera the differentiation plays a vital role. The most Iconic Counter Tenor of the 20th century was Alfred Deller an English singer and he was called the champion of early musicals, although he called himself a alto singer initially but later was suggested to describe his voice as countertenor. Russell Oberlin was called Deller’s American Counterpart, and he was also another music pioneer. Today countertenors are in high demand for many forms of classical music, many original recorded castrati’s are now sung and recorded by new countertenors and the categories of counter tenors are numerous. Few of the famous Counter tenors are Nicholas Spanos, David Daniels, and Paul Esswood.