Definition of soprano in English:


Syllabification: so·pran·o
Pronunciation: /səˈpranō
, səˈpränō

noun (plural sopranos)

1The highest of the four standard singing voices: a piece composed for soprano, flute, and continuo [as modifier]: a good soprano voice
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  • So great was the applause - and because it lasted so long - she reappeared and continued to sing in her clear soprano voice that reached the very back of the Opera House.
  • First, they imported madrigals (settings of poetry usually for five voices: two sopranos, alto, tenor, and bass) from Italy.
  • At times, it makes sense to play the soprano and alto voices with the right hand, the tenor and bass with the left hand.
1.1A female or boy singer with a soprano voice.
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  • Why Mozart composed the motet for Rauzzini and not a female soprano is not known.
  • He visited Rome and Naples where he made contact with a number of singers, including the soprano Anna Strada who would become his leading lady.
  • It's an all out show but the music is just so emotional, it requires such a range in a singer, particularly the lead soprano.
1.2A part written for a soprano voice.
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  • Anne Sofie von Otter is a stunningly good choice as Sesto, a young nobleman who Handel wrote as either soprano or tenor, so to cast such an intelligent mezzo is an imaginative step.
  • An aria from a modern opera is the title of a new work for soprano and orchestra written by composer John Haddock.
  • But before the last movement of the symphony, a solo for soprano, Mahler's musical realisation of a child's view of heaven, he discreetly opens his score.
1.3 [usually as modifier] An instrument of a high or the highest pitch in its family: a soprano saxophone
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  • That was when he decided to switch to soprano saxophone - the instrument he's known for by most jazz fans.
  • It's accordion, soprano sax, clarinet, bass, banjo and percussion.
  • Tom Arthurs' Centipede are fidgety writhers, striking angular shapes with tricky grooves and utilising the spiked fork of their leader's trumpet and Laubrock's soprano saxophone.


mid 18th century: Italian, from sopra 'above', from Latin supra.

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