from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The highest singing voice of a woman or young boy.
- n. A singer having such a voice.
- n. The tonal range characteristic of a soprano.
- n. An instrument that sounds within this range.
- n. A vocal or instrumental part written within this range.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Musical part or section higher in pitch than alto and other sections.
- n. Person or instrument that performs the soprano part.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The treble; the highest vocal register; the highest kind of female or boy's voice; the upper part in harmony for mixed voices.
- n. A singer, commonly a woman, with a treble voice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, the highest variety of the female voice; treble.
- n. A singer with such a voice.
- n. A voice-part for or sung by such a voice.
- Pertaining to the soprano: as, soprano music: a soprano voice; the soprano compass.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the pitch range of the highest female voice
- n. the highest female voice; the voice of a boy before puberty
- adj. having or denoting a high range
- n. a female singer
"The word soprano comes from the Italian 'sopra' meaning above," explains Elin, who called the CD Soprano World.
The prima donna soprano is the Signora de Ricci; and the second donna is called
Anne Sofie von Otter's mezzo-soprano is perhaps a touch ethereal for Dido, but she didn't try and compete with the orchestra, instead confidently drawing the drama to her, with a stage presence and an unfailingly intelligent musicality that anchored the human dimension of Part II.
The statement quoted one of the singer-protesters, Deborah Fink, whom it identified as a soprano, describing the group's first disruption as "intricately interwoven" with the Israel Philharmonic's first piece, Webern's Passacaglia.
Her soprano is a shade light, but she negotiates every stylistic variation with fire and grace.
I recall the soprano in Ann Patchett's Bel Canto making the comment that she never allowed people to see/hear her practice.
Kim Jong-il, the unpredictable paranoid dear leader of a country which U.S. officials have dubbed the soprano state because of its involvement in organized crime.
The singing part of the audition went well, she said I had a beautiful voice and made me a second soprano, which is strange because Ive been an alto my whole life, but whatever.
My soprano is a young married woman and is temporarily indisposed.
For example, in playing a hymn-tune we describe (on the keyboard) the four separate melodies known as the soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices.