Definition of bel canto in English:

bel canto

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Pronunciation: /bɛl ˈkantəʊ


[mass noun]
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
More example sentences
  • 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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