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It's the highest male vocal range. It's lower than the alto but higher than the bass. The tenor was used mainly to play the function of a hero in an opera. Into the 13th to 16th century, the tenor voice was used mainly for plainsongs.


It's from the second B below middle C to the G above.

Word Origin

It had origin of the Latin word tenere, meaning "to hold". This is because into the time of polyphony, tenors "held" the melody.

Famous Tenors

  • Placido Domingo
  • Jose Carreras
  • Luciano Pavarotti