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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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a female voice intermediate in range between soprano and contralto. The high, lyric mezzo-soprano is similar to the soprano, and the low mezzo-soprano approximates the contralto.

Characteristic of the mezzo-soprano are a full sound in the middle register and a low chest register. Its compass extends from A, B-flat to a”, b-flat”. Opera parts written for mezzo-soprano include Marfa in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, Liubasha in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride, and Carmen in the opera of the same name by Bizet. Among the most outstanding Russian and Soviet mezzo-sopranos are A. P. Krutikova, M. A. Slavina, N. A. Obukhova, and S. P. Preobrazhenskaia. In choirs the mezzo-sopranos sing the first alto part.


a female voice intermediate between a soprano and contralto and having a range from the A below middle C to the F an eleventh above it
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Mezzosoprano Gisele Fredette stole the show as the mad Dolores, with the members of the excellent chorus filling in the other parts, including promising baritone Stuart Graham (Pimienta) and mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal (Isabel).
Cav's betrayed heroine, Santuzza, was performed by the sensational Eugenie Grunewald, who could be the new generation's mezzosoprano of one's dreams.
Ukrainian mezzo-soprano Alla Gorobchenko's big voice was wasted as Flora, while Chinese-Canadian mezzosoprano Liyan Sun was a suitably sympathetic, if somewhat wobbly-voiced, Anina.
Among the rest of the worthy cast, one to watch is mezzosoprano Margaret Maye, who performed both Gretchen and the Grand Duchess.