Type of Singing Voice:
It is the highest male vocal range. It is lower than the alto but higher than the bass. This type of voice is usually used mainly to play the role of a hero in an opera. During the 13th to 16th century, the tenor voice was used for plainsongs.
It is from the second B below middle C to the G above.
The word tenor came from the Latin word tenere meaning ‘to hold." This is because during the time of polyphony, tenors "held" the melody.
Three of the most famous tenors of our time are; the late Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras.
Roles of Tenors in Famous Operas:
In the musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's Les Miserabes, the role of Jean Valjean is played using a tenor voice. Also, the role of Lt. Cable in Richard Rodger's South Pacific and the role of Mr. Snow in the musical Carousel both use the tenor voice.