[ hel-dn-ten-er; German hel-dn-tey-nohr ]
/ ˈhɛl dnˌtɛn ər; German ˈhɛl dn teɪˌnoʊr /

noun, plural hel·den·ten·ors, German hel·den·te·no·re [hel-dn-tey-noh-ruh] /ˈhɛl dn teɪˌnoʊ rə/.

a tenor having a brilliant, powerful voice suited to singing heroic roles, as in Wagnerian opera.

Origin of heldentenor

1925–30; < German, equivalent to Helden- combining form of Held hero + Tenor tenor
Also called heroic tenor.
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British Dictionary definitions for heldentenor


/ German (ˈhɛldəntenoːr) /

noun plural -tenöre (-teˈnøːrə)

a tenor with a powerful voice suited to singing heroic roles, esp in Wagner

Word Origin for Heldentenor

literally: hero tenor
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