Definition of spinto in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspɪntəʊ/

noun (plural spintos)

1A lyric soprano or tenor voice of powerful dramatic quality: [as modifier]: her spinto voice has kept her at the top
More example sentences
  • And if the Met was hoping to find spinto sopranos for the heavier Verdi and Puccini roles that go begging nowadays, the search goes on.
  • Essentially a lyric soprano with coloratura (and later spinto) capabilities, she was at home in both Mozart and Richard Strauss, as well as in bel canto and verismo.
  • Funny, but to say a voice is a true ‘spinto,’ using the Italian word, is a great compliment, while to say it is ‘pushed’ in plain English is a criticism.’
1.1A singer with a spinto voice.
Example sentences
  • Unlike her husband, who Dioneo suggests is a villain disguised as a marquis, Griselda is not simply a noblewoman in a pauper's clothing; she is, following the logic of the same gloss, a divino spinto.


1950s: Italian, literally 'pushed', past participle of spingere 'push'.

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