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[Ital.,=above], female voice of highest pitch. The three basic types of solo soprano are coloratura, lyric, and dramatic. The coloratura has a great range and impressive vocal agility; the lyric soprano has a light, pretty voice; and the dramatic soprano has a sustained power suitable for operatic roles. The voices of boys who have not reached puberty are generally in the soprano range and replace women's voices in some church choirs. In the castratocastrato
[Ital.,=castrated], a male singer with an artificially created soprano or alto voice, the result of castration in boyhood. The combination of the larynx of a youth and the chest and lungs of a man produced a powerful voice of great range and unique sound.
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 of the 18th cent. the quality of a boy's voice combined with the lung power of a man made for vocal powers of great brilliance (see eunucheunuch
[Gr.,=keeper of the couch], castrated human male, particularly a chamberlain of a harem in Asia. The custom of employing eunuchs as servants in wealthy or royal households is very ancient; it reached its epitome at the court of Constantinople under the Byzantine emperors,
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). The highest-pitched member of various families of instruments is termed soprano, e.g., soprano saxophone.



(1) The highest singing voice. The range is from middle C to C two octaves above middle C, although some voices may have a higher compass ranging to D through F. A well-developed head register is a necessary quality for a soprano. Sopranos are usually women or children. In a chorus, the treble voices of boys sound especially pleasing. In the 16th through the 18th century, singing by castrati was quite common.

Three primary classifications of women sopranos exist: dramatic, lyric, and coloratura. There are also lyric-dramatic and lyric-coloratura sopranos. The dramatic soprano is distinguished by powerful sound over the entire range and a strong low register. The lyric soprano has a softness of timbre, flexibility, and great expressiveness in sustained melodies. The coloratura soprano is distinguished by agility in the execution of ornamentation and passage-work, transparency of timbre, and lightness and freedom of tone in the high register.

(2) The highest vocal category in a chorus.

(3) The high-register variants of some musical instruments.


1. the highest adult female voice, having a range approximately from middle C to the A a thirteenth above it
2. the voice of a young boy before puberty
3. a singer with such a voice
4. the highest part of a piece of harmony
a. the highest or second highest instrument in a family of instruments
b. (as modifier): a soprano saxophone
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THERE is little from Jane Eaglen's background to suggest she would become one of the world's great dramatic sopranos.
Whitehouse, who has also sung the role of the Kostelnicka in the Janacek's Jenufa with her dramatic soprano.
Perhaps it's Behrens' legal training that makes her such an impassioned advocate: She must be the only dramatic soprano with both a prolific recording career and a law degree.
The cast is outstanding, from the group of servants who set the scene and introduce the title character to Elektra herself: German dramatic soprano Evelyn Herlitzius was nearing 50 when this was filmed, but still displays a rock-steady, electrifying voice (no shrieking here).
All the same, today, when the competition in Urbanova's field of light dramatic soprano with some overlap into the dramatic is extremely strong and soloists are coming up on all sides with recordings that are innovative and imaginative in terms of repertoire in addition to showing off their vocal art, this Supraphon Best of Eva Urbanova Iooks more like a commercial stunt than a project with a considered artistic rationale.
The new season, which kicks off Wednesday at the Music Center, also features ``Florencia en el Amazonas,'' which explores Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez's vision of magical realism; ``Countess Maritza,'' a tuneful taste of classic Viennese operetta; ``Salome,'' with the great dramatic soprano Hildegard Behrens; ``The Magic Flute,'' one of Mozart's most delightful inventions; and ``Il trovatore,'' Verdi's famous tale of two men in love with the same woman.
You could say that dramatic soprano Othalie Graham titanic voice knocks your socks of.
Opolais, who was born in the town of Rezekne in Latgale, the easternmost region of Latvia, in 1979, is the daughter of amateur musicians, her mother a dramatic soprano and her father a classical and jazz trumpeter.
To these ears, her voice sounds more like a big spinto than a true dramatic soprano, but she's only 30, so her instrument may broaden.
Rita Hunter, who died in Sydney earlier this week at the age of 67, was probably the greatest dramatic soprano this country has ever produced.
Canadian dramatic soprano Susan Tsagkaris got an early start on the 2013 Richard Wagner bicentennial when renowned British Wagner soprano Jane Eaglen invited her to attend a Wagner Intensive hosted by Baldwin Wallace University in Cleveland earlier this year.
Mezzo Angelique Noldus was a valiant Krista, her voice suggesting the emergence of a glorious dramatic soprano who may be a future Marty.