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High Hopes for High Israeli Voices

In London last June, an Israeli voice of world-class beauty rang out in the storied Wigmore Hall, part a concert of Italian Baroque, Ladino, Hebrew and cantorial music. 34-year-old countertenor Yaniv d’Or, who studied at Jerusalem’s Rubin Academy and the UK’s Guildhall School of Music, “enthralled” one English critic with his “smooth toned, powerfully resilient” voice.

Indeed, live recordings from that concert of music by Claudio Monteverdi and Benjamin Britten reveal a lovely tone without the technical faults found in some other countertenors, such as breathiness, hooting, or tonal unsteadiness. Instead, in the British tradition of countertenor singing from Alfred Deller to Michael Chance, d’Or produces a musically sophisticated, pellucid sound that incarnates an artistic ideal.

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