Tenor Singing Voice Type

Thanks to the Three Tenors, The Irish Tenors and even Three Mo' Tenors, you probably have a good idea of what a tenor singing voice sounds like. Tenors are male singers who can reach high notes.

The tenor is almost always the lead, winning the girl at the end of the show. Famous tenors you might know include Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras whom you might recognize as the three tenors, as well as John Denver, Enrico Caruso, Daniel Rodriguez (the Singing Cop), Elton John and Stevie Wonder.

Tenor Voice -Range

The tenor range is about two octaves with many singing a little lower than C and a little higher than the male High C.

Tenor Voice - Register Transitions

A tenors doesn't make a huge transition from his lower voice to his middle voice. His transition into his middle voice occurs around Middle C (or even E just above Middle C) and then a transition into head voice around F-sharp or G above Middle C. 

Tenor Voice - Strength

The tenor's strength is his head voice.

Tenor Voice - Tone

The tenor voice is usually bright and ringing.

Tenor Voice - Weakness

His weakness is often his lower voice.

Bari Tenor

In the musical-theatre world, a subdivision of the tenor called the bari tenor reigns. The bari tenor voice type is someone with the power to project in the middle voice and the higher ringing money notes of the tenor.


The other voice type that you frequently hear of in the opera world is the countertenor - a male singer who sounds like a female. This voice type is in the same range as the mezzo and sounds similar.

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