Tenor


Etymologically the word tenor derives from two different origins: Latin “tenor” which descends from the word “I will have” what does it mean to have; or the italian “tenore”. Therefore this word has two definitions, when the word is taken from its Latin origin, then we are talking about the content or nature of something. For example, when we sign several copies of the same document, we say that several models of the same tenor (content) have been signed.

Now, if we take the word according to its Italian origin, it refers to the type of voice that in opera music is located between the baritone and contralto voices.

Starting from these different voices, the tenors can be classified, we have the lyric tenor that is characterized by having a powerful and firm voice, meanwhile the light lyric tenor is characterized by a sharp and agile voice, there is also the spinto lyric tenor that is a stronger, more natural singing and capable of copying expressions of emotion, the heroic tenor is a type of voice that requires a lot of physical resistance, the dramatic tenor is the type of voice that requires a lot of power so that it can be heard above of the orchestra, the Mozartian tenor is a type of voice that stands out for its perfection in the way it sings, and the Rossian tenor, which is a type of voice that demands agility and technical mastery

Among the famous tenors of classical music we can mention Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo, who with their great voice have delighted thousands of people.