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Usually great baritones with an extreme upper extension and ear-throttling falsetto, countertenors are one the rarest voice types in the world! Countertenors are trained in the tradition of the ever-so-graceful, oh-so-sexy Castrati (yes, the castrated) of pre-nineteenth century. These extra special, extra high male voices used to be the rock stars of the Baroque and early classical eras with women doing everything from fainting to throwing themselves shamelessly across the stage mid-performance! It’s not that hard to grasp really, just think of high flying vocal rock gods like Queen, Journey and Michael Jackson.
Common Roles: Cesare, Tolomeo, Rinaldo, Arsamene and Orfeo.