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heroic tenor

noun, Music.


[hel-dn-ten-er; German hel-dn-tey-nohr] /ˈhɛl dnˌtɛn ər; German ˈhɛl dn teɪˌnoʊr/
noun, plural heldentenors German, heldentenore
[hel-dn-tey-noh-ruh] /ˈhɛl dn teɪˌnoʊ rə/ (Show IPA)
a tenor having a brilliant, powerful voice suited to singing heroic roles, as in Wagnerian opera.
Also called heroic tenor.
Origin of heldentenor
1925-30; < German, equivalent to Helden- combining form of Held hero + Tenor tenor Unabridged
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  • Soon it became impossible to be engaged as an "heroic tenor" without at least possessing the high B♭ in the chest tone.

  • He cast the participants in their inevitable rôles—the bride as prima donna, James Polder the heroic tenor.

    The Three Black Pennys Joseph Hergesheimer
  • In 1729 he went to Italy to find an heroic tenor, Pio Fabri; unfortunately he could not secure him for two years.

    Handel Romain Rolland
British Dictionary definitions for heroic tenor

heroic tenor

a tenor with a dramatic voice


noun (pl) -tenöre (-teˈnøːrə)
a tenor with a powerful voice suited to singing heroic roles, esp in Wagner
Word Origin
literally: hero tenor
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