Definition of mezzo in English:


Syllabification: mez·zo
Pronunciation: /ˈmetsō

noun (plural mezzos)

(also mezzo-soprano)
  • 1A female singer with a voice pitched between soprano and contralto.
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    • Jan DeGaetani was a mezzo-soprano with a unique voice, range of repertoire, and persona.
    • And with a soprano taking the role, rather than a mezzo-soprano, for once the two divas were equals in their fireworks.
    • Elina Garanca's voice is somewhat lighter than the other mezzo-sopranos which results in a good contrast.
  • 1.1A mezzo singing voice, or a part written for one.
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    • A few days before that concert, the faculty member slated to sing the mezzo role had cancelled, and Hanslowe was called to substitute.
    • Jeanette Ager sings with great conviction, and her superb mezzo voice, together with her accuracy of pitch and beauty of phrasing characterises her enterprising approach to these songs.
    • ‘The Only Son,’ from 1947, is actually a little scena for mezzo, tenor, and baritone, with piano.


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  • Half, moderately.


mid 18th century: Italian, from Latin medius 'middle'.

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