All music types deliver something for everybody’s taste. Whether it is opera, country, pop, or rock, each with its own unique style and qualities that make them unique, one thing that can be found in all genres, though, is the voice of a tenor. There are different types of tenors, one being the lyrical tenor. This can come across as a foreign word that has no meaning whatsoever. But in musical terms, it is the term that describes a male singer with a voice filled with warmth combined with vibrancy and has that uniqueness to it that distinguishes it. You might wonder how to tell when a voice qualifies as such, let us take a look at some important factors that stand out in this vocal range.
But first, let’s take a look at the different types of voices that’s out there. Lots of the voices out there get overlooked. When thinking of the male vocal register, most commonly known are bass, baritone, and tenor, followed by a countertenor, which marks the spot you find the tenor’s range. Tenors are found between the baritone and the countertenor register, it used to be considered the highest male voice till the countertenor was introduced. Approximately ranging from C3 to D5, or in other terms, it starts from C under middle C and stretches up to the D above middle C. Roughly two octaves can be sung with ease by lyrical tenors. They have that bright, timbre sound that isn’t heavy and can be heard above an orchestra.
The main features of a lyrical tenor can only be described as the rich sound generated from within. It may be considered pure, strong, even smooth, it is hard to describe the soul of the sound, though. That warmth cuts through his audience, some consider it to be a sound of romance. No matter the description you want to use, few vocals can hold their own, like those that fall under this title.
Modern day opera singers use technology just like other singers do, such as microphones, especially when there is an open-air concert. A remarkable feature about these great strong vocals is that if technology fails, the singer can still finish his performance. Wowing the audience with their big, bold voices will still be heard at the back of the audience. There are tenors found in other genres such as pop music, but these are not the same as the lyrical tenor, though they consist mostly of the same range that deep warm sound isn’t always present.
When you look a bit deeper into history, there is much to learn. Tenors evolved out of performance practices that were only established in the nineteenth century. The tenor is derived from the Latin word “tenere” which means to hold or master, quite an accurate description of such an important role in the operatic circle. Singers who all fall in this category have been offered lead roles in plays and operas for their ability to carry a tune in ways not many other vocal ranges can. Throughout the nineteenth century into the twentieth century, these skills and unique singers became an inseparable part of the operatic theatre. There’s a long list of singers bestowed with this title, some of them have passed away, but their music still lives on.
Thinking of operatic male vocalists, usually, the first great names that come to mind are Luciano Pavarotti or Mario Lanza, Andrea Bocelli, to name a few. Through time these vocal artists have been stunned with their performances, carry a tune, phrases that seem impossible to the normal singer, have done it all, and more. Stages normally fill with presence when this class of vocalists step on to them and largely thanked their vocal abilities. Some bold men believe they can make a difference in how the world sees music and gives it everything they’ve got. Songs sung from the heart, filled with compassion, mixed with the great qualities they possess.
Whether you like opera or not, you can appreciate the art the lyrical tenor brings to the stage. Music brings worlds together through a love that connects with our souls using beat, melodies, words, and voices. Enjoying the warmth that these great performers have to offer with their voice as their instrument.