Quiz: Is this a man or a woman singing?

4 January 2018, 10:09

Countertenor or mezzo quiz

These clips all contain the voice of a countertenor or a mezzo soprano. But can you guess which is which?

Countertenors are the enigma of the singing world: the mysterious, high male voices who manage to reach the lofty heights of a range altos can only dream of.

But how different do they sound from female singers? We’ve put together a few clips of countertenors and mezzo sopranos singing – and it’s your job to guess which is which.

So, let’s begin… is this a man or a woman singing?