American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A voice having a range between soprano and contralto.
- n. A vocal part calling for a voice having such a range.
- n. Music A woman having a mezzo-soprano voice.
- n. A voice or voice part intermediate in compass between soprano and contralto
- n. A person having such a voice
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Mus.) Having a medium compass between the soprano and contralto; -- said of the voice of a female singer.
- n. a soprano with a voice between soprano and contralto
- n. the female singing voice between contralto and soprano
- From Italian mezzosoprano (Wiktionary)
- Italian : mezzo, half (from Latin medius; see medium) + soprano, soprano; see soprano. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Lamenting the temperature in the stuffy hall at one point, she confided to the audience, "I'm sweating my bazooms off" - then, in response to the general surprise, helpfully explained, "That's what you call a mezzo-soprano's breasts.”
“The second historic recital took place in February 1962, when mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry became the first African American opera singer to perform at the White House.”
“On Feb. 1, an equally celebrated African American mezzo-soprano, Denyce Graves, will sing selections from Bumbry's 1962 performance.”
“That, says the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, is what she heard after singing in a British vocal competition when she was just starting out in 1997.”
“In her prime, nobody could touch Whitney Houston's towering gospelized mezzo-soprano.”
“Major players were involved in the production, and Sidlin drew strong, committed performances from the Washington National Opera Orchestra, the City Choir of Washington, the Catholic University of America Chorus and four soloists, including the angel-voiced mezzo-soprano Janet Hopkins.”
“Sasha Cooke, a mezzo-soprano who starred as Kitty Oppenheimer in the Metropolitan Opera's "Doctor Atomic," will be accompanied by classical guitarist Jason Vieaux.”
“As Dinah, mezzo-soprano Patricia Risley provides a vivid presence (appearing as a ghost except for the flashbacks), though her voice occasionally has trouble cutting through the orchestra.”
“It happened at the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato's recital at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Tuesday night, more than once.”
“Lovely mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch does a splendid, intensely affecting star turn as the distraught Valkyrie Waltraute—a role that might be too big for her voice.”
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