Definition of fioritura in English:


Syllabification: fio·ri·tu·ra
Pronunciation: /fēˌôrəˈto͝orə

noun (plural fioriture /-ˈto͝oˌrā/)

An embellishment of a melody, especially as improvised by an operatic singer.
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  • Christine Goerke not only plays Armida with sly wit, but she also sings the exacting fioriture and lyrical arias with razor-sharp precision and elegant musicianship.
  • His voice retains its evenness in all registers, and he cleanly articulates Vivaldi's most difficult runs and fioriture.
  • When it came to the fioriture in the arias, Kelly was a little sketchier, relying on the expressiveness of the general shape of the music rather than using the fioriture for really expressive purposes.


Italian, literally 'flowering', from fiorire 'to flower'.

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