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I read once that opera singers go for an effect called squillo (spelling?) which means that they are producing enough overtones for the sound to project.
Mandolin Cafe News 2009
"I try to let it sound natural and warm, more than drilling too much in the squillo ," he said, referring to the piercing sound singers use to project over an orchestra.
The Smoldering Tenor David Mermelstein 2011
As her remorseful lover, Riccardo, tenor William Davenport took a while to warm up but soon revealed a large, open voice with plenty of "squillo," a trumpet-like resonance that gave it a heroic ring.
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minerva commented on the word squillo
Squillo is the Italian word for "ring" (as in "telephone ring"). It is also used to indicate a resonant, trumpet-like ringing sound in the voice of opera singers. In current Italian, it is also used a slang term for prostitute. (Wikipedia)
February 2, 2008
Prolagus commented on the word squillo
Uno squillo (m.) = a ring
Una squillo (f.) = a trollop.
June 28, 2008
misterbaby commented on the word squillo
So, "fammi uno squillo" is much different than "fammi una squillo," eh?
September 29, 2008
bilby commented on the word squillo
Related to English squeal.
September 29, 2008
scarequotes commented on the word squillo
Apart from sounding like some dirty act, ‘squillo‘ is one of the most useful words in the Italian vocabulary, in my opinion. What does it mean, you ask?! Well since there is no exact translation into English, it means, ‘call someone on his or her cellphone, let it ring 1-3 times, and then hang up.’ This will let your friend know that you have arrived at your previously agreed upon destination.
May 24, 2017