Definition of bel canto in English:

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bel canto

Pronunciation: /ˌbel ˈkäntō/ Pronunciation: /bel ˈkantō/


A lyrical style of operatic singing using a full rich broad tone and smooth phrasing: a superb piece of bel canto [as modifier]: the bel canto arias of Bellini
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  • At that audition I did not have any Baroque arias prepared so I sang my usual bel canto coloratura and he hired me on the spot.
  • Before the vocal glory of Callas and Sutherland, sopranos with lighter timbres often sang bel canto roles.
  • The Andante sang like an instrumental bel canto aria.


Late 19th century: Italian, literally 'fine song'.

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Syllabification: bel can·to

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