Lyric tenor

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The term lyric tenor denotes a certain type of tenor vocal range . A lyric tenor has a light and supple voice and is capable of both large lyrical legato slurs and coloratura singing . It usually has a soft but radiant height and a great ability to modulate. With its elegant voice guidance, it is well suited for song singing .

In addition, the lyric tenor vocal subject includes all opera and oratorio parts corresponding to this vocal type . It should be noted that there is no separate term in the German language for the (lighter) tenor di grazia , which is differentiated from the (full) lyrical tenor , so that in the literature all these parts are often summarized in the subject of the lyrical tenor. Thus, the lyric tenor is generally considered to be the easiest of the serious voices in the tenor range. The range of opera roles for lyric tenor is usually one and a half to two octaves. Tones below c (notated c ') are rare, depending on the work the highest tone is usually between a' and c "(notated a" to c "'), with certain ornaments or optional cadences in the Rossini or Donizetti repertoire even much higher notes can be composed (up to f "in I puritani by Vincenzo Bellini). These peak notes, which are so characteristic of tenors, are produced either with the full chest voice or with a mixed head-chest voice (depending on the style and vocal technique).

Well-known opera roles for lyrical tenor are:

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Rudolf Kloiber : Handbook of the Opera