Definition of mezza voce in English:

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mezza voce

Pronunciation: /ˌmɛtsə ˈvəʊtʃeɪ/
Pronunciation: /ˈvɒtʃi/

adverb& adjective

(Especially as a direction) using about half the singer’s vocal power.


[mass noun]
Singing performed mezza voce: the sweet mezza voce of the ‘Hostias’
More example sentences
  • Pick items that are sedate rather than fleet-footed prestos and floated pieces at mezza voce rather than full-throttle.
  • Yet in reflective or melancholic fare, such as Brahms's Mondenschein and Lerchengesang, he found a caressing legato and an enchanting mezza voce.
  • At first, I thought his ‘Dalla sua pace’ was too aggressive, but when he reprises the aria's opening music, he sings it in a melting mezza voce, almost crooningly.


Italian, literally 'half voice'.

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