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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
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in music, ornamentation in the vocal part; usually used to describe the vocal execution of several sounds, including technically difficult virtuoso-like passages, to a single syllable of text.

Coloratura was employed in vocal music as early as the Middle Ages but became particularly widespread in the arias of 18thand 19th-century Italian opera, which made a distinction between “bravura” (broad leaps and loud roulades) and “delicate” (graceful melismas and passages sung softly) coloratura. Coloratura was sometimes notated by the composer himself and sometimes improvised by the singers. Often it became an end in itself, a sheer display of virtuosity; yet many composers successfully used it as a means of artistic characterization, including Mozart, Rossini, Delibes, Verdi, R. Strauss, Glinka, and Rimsky-Korsakov. A high female voice with the flexibility and agility required for the execution of coloratura is called a coloratura soprano.


, colorature Music
a. (in 18th- and 19th-century arias) a florid virtuoso passage
b. (as modifier): a coloratura aria
2. a lyric soprano who specializes in such music
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Kloiber's initial list of Facher does not change between the 1973 and 2004 editions; however, the assignment of roles to specific voice types and vice versa that follows does change to reflect more recent casting habits and to include the new categories of coloratura mezzo soprano, lyric mezzo soprano (as a separate category from Spielalt), and lyric contralto.
and a sparkling Er ist's while Donizetti's much neglected Linda di Chamounix provided Fflur with the 22-year-old's final chance to display a young, sprightly coloratura voice.
All a coloratura crazy for rich pipple, all take no give, all act like a duchess, all twiddle a la valiere .
However, her deep-ochre mezzo is perhaps a little serious for the role, and while her coloratura was impeccably tidy, I felt she was being cautious, just missing an element of razzle-dazzle.
The 17th International Pharos Chamber Music Festival opens next Friday at The Shoe Factory in Nicosia with a voice and piano recital by the renowned Danish coloratura soprano Susanne Elmark and international repetiteur Christian Westergaard.
In Domine Deus she blended well with mezzo Christine Rice who was assured and agile in the demanding coloratura passages of Laudamus te, accompanied by crisp and energetic playing from the CBSO, astutely conducted by Andris Nelsons.
However, Mr Brierley directed the coloratura choruses beyond their comfortable speed, which is certainly a challenge in Handel's music.
In a soprano it's known as coloratura - "florid passage in vocal music" (OED).
Singers who get into these programs are the best of the best from conservatories and universities around the country; yet, despite impressive pedigrees, many of them are not proficient in the technique of coloratura singing.
Convinced she was a gifted coloratura soprano, the eccentric Pennsylvania-born socialite gave regular recitals that routinely filled the houses despite universally awful acclaim.
Here the author dispenses advice on, among other things, learning the traditions of opera performance; helping singers to distinguish the compositional styles of many opera composers; helping singers to learn coloratura, patter and ornamentation; and achieving more contrast, shape and emotional impact in the singing line.
Coloratura is a prerequisite for the bel canto operas of Bellini, Rossini, and Donizetti, which is why the Italian operas of the early 19th century invariably feature the soprano or mezzo-soprano as the star performer.