Definition of mezzo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɛtsəʊ/

noun (plural mezzos)

1 (also mezzo-soprano) A female singer with a voice pitched between soprano and contralto: the Polish mezzo Stefania Toczyska a scene thundering with mezzo-sopranos
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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 singing voice of the mezzo type, or a part written for one: the able mezzo of Melanie Sonnenberg as Clarice [as modifier]: Della Jones brings a new vitality to her mezzo arias
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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.


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

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