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coloratura

Line breaks: col¦ora|tura
Pronunciation: /ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
 
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Definition of coloratura in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody, especially in operatic singing: Penelope bursts into joyful cascades of coloratura [as modifier]: a coloratura aria
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.
  • The brilliant coloratura, effortless vocal dynamics, and beautifully rounded tone brought Joan Sutherland to mind.
  • Not only does she trill and sing accurate coloratura, she also gives a searing portrayal of Irene.
1.1 (also coloratura soprano) [count noun] A soprano skilled in coloratura singing.
Example sentences
  • After retiring as a dancer she turned to singing and began a new career as a coloratura soprano in Italy in 1938.
  • I am sometimes surprised that coloratura sopranos ever want to sing this role, since the subtext of it is that what coloraturas do is mechanical: spin the crank and listen to the high notes!
  • A dumpy coloratura soprano, her voice was not even mediocre, it was preposterous.

Origin

Italian, literally 'colouring', from Latin colorare 'to colour'.

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