The ornamentation of music written for the voice with florid passages, especially trills and runs.
Vocal music characterized by florid ornamental passages.
A singer, especially a soprano, specializing in such ornamentation.
Brilliant runs, trills, etc., used to display a singer's skill.
Music containing such ornamentation.
A soprano who sings such music.
Pertaining to coloratura.
She has a lighter and more coloratura voice.
This role has the most coloratura singing in the opera.
Origin of coloratura
- Obsolete Italian from Late Latin colōrātūra coloring from Latin colōrātus past participle of colōrāre to color from color color color
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Italian coloratura, from Late Latin coloratura, from colorare "to colour".