[hel-dn-ten-er; German hel-dn-tey-nohr]
- 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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- a tenor with a powerful voice suited to singing heroic roles, esp in Wagner
literally: hero tenor