Coloratura meaning

kŭlər-ə-to͝orə, -tyo͝orə
The ornamentation of music written for the voice with florid passages, especially trills and runs.
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Vocal music characterized by florid ornamental passages.
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A singer, especially a soprano, specializing in such ornamentation.
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Brilliant runs, trills, etc., used to display a singer's skill.
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Music containing such ornamentation.
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A soprano who sings such music.
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(uncountable) Florid or fancy passages in vocal music.
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(countable) A singer of such passages, especially a soprano.
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Pertaining to coloratura.

She has a lighter and more coloratura voice.

This role has the most coloratura singing in the opera.

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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".

    From Wiktionary