from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See tenor.


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  • Special categories include the tenore di grazia (many Rossini roles); the lyric tenor (eg Alfredo in La Traviata); the halfway house of the lirico-spinto tenor (Cavaradossi in Tosca); spinto (Canio in Pagliacci); and – for the major Wagner roles – the Heldentenor.

    Who's who: the different voices in opera 2011

  • Peccato che i privilegiati denuncino cifre ridicolmente basse per il tenore di vita che conducono: questo non li rende *evasori fiscali*, ma penso sia legittimo nutrire qualche dubbio.

    Archive 2006-10-01 Decio Biavati 2006

  • Classiariorum vestrorum violentia, et secur� in portibus absque ministrorum rapinis et iniuria, tam ipse qu鄊 omnes Angli subditi nostri possint versori: vti pro tenore literarum patentium � magno

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation 2003

  • Romanum Imperium honorauerit et exaltauerit, nobilitati tu� tenore pr鎠entium declarare duximus, quod inimicus Imperij nostri, et turbator Regni tui Rex Angli�, quum esset in transeundo mare ad partes suas reuersurus, accidit vt ventus rupta naui sua, in qua ipse erat, induceret eum in partes Histri� ad locum qui est inter

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation 2003

  • Having been informed that an opera would be performed on our last evening, and opera being a special delight, went ashore for the purpose of attending, but on arriving at the theatre found the opera had been postponed on account of the _primo tenore_ being afflicted with "boils."

    Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas W. Hastings Macaulay

  • Habet etiam unaquaeque syllaba altitudinem, latitudinem et longitudinem; altitudinem in tenore; crassitudinem vel latitudinem, in spiritu; longitudinem in tempore.

    The Roman Pronunciation of Latin Why we use it and how to use it Frances Ellen Lord

  • Gotterdammerung, is only the primo tenore robusto of an opera book, deferring his death, after he has been stabbed in the last act, to sing rapturous love strains to the heroine exactly like Edgardo in

    The Perfect Wagnerite, Commentary on the Ring George Bernard Shaw 1903

  • A stout _tenore robusto_ in the uniform of a naval lieutenant was parading the stage in halos of mauve and green lime-light, and bawling his own praises to a semicircle of females.

    The White Wolf and Other Fireside Tales Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch 1903

  • A comic-opera star would have sent her press agent round to see what advertising could be got out of the incident; a prima donna would have appealed to her primo tenore, for the same purpose.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath 1901

  • Some day, and we are all out of jail, I expect to hear you in the balcony scene with some famous _tenore robusto_ as Romeo.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath 1901


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