Definition of tessitura in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌtɛsɪˈtjʊərə/


The range within which most notes of a vocal part fall: the tessitura of the part is much more comfortable for a countertenor than for a soprano a low tessitura
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  • To the Marx songs, the tessitura of which is ideally suited to her edgy soprano, she brings incomparable authority and ravishing vocalism.
  • Inevitably she has to sing the role rather lightly, given its high tessitura.
  • Prior to her appearances in London she had specialised in singing male roles, because of her remarkably low tessitura.


Italian, literally 'texture', from Latin textura (see texture).

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