basso profundo

bas·​so pro·​fun·​do | \ ˌba-(ˌ)sō-prə-ˈfən-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce basso profundo (audio) , ˌbä-, -ˈfu̇n- How to pronounce basso profundo (audio) \
plural basso profundos

Definition of basso profundo

: a deep heavy bass voice with an exceptionally low range also : a person having this voice

Examples of basso profundo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Written for chorus and bass, this performance of the Divine Liturgy will feature the Cappella Romana ensemble with the Pacific Youth Choir and basso profundo Glenn Miller under the baton of guest conductor Benedict Sheehan. oregonlive, "12 classical music concerts to add to your winter calendar," 5 Jan. 2020 With his John Wayne gait, push-broom mustache and basso profundo voice, 6-foot-3 Bruce Bochy cut an imposing figure as a big league manager. Tom Verducci,, "Universally Respected, Bruce Bochy Retires as a Future Hall of Famer After 25 Years," 29 Sep. 2019 The scenes by P&G Designs feature a centerpiece of stairs and platforms that let head priests Caiaphas (Steve Steiner, basso profundo) and Annas (Adrianne Hick) lord over Jesus and his followers. Hugh Hunter,, "Exuberant 'Superstar' at Surflight Theatre," 27 June 2018 At 78, Anderson looks and sounds the part of an éminence grise, with an ample white beard and a commanding basso profundo. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018 His basso profundo visage was a model of dignity, steeliness, determination, rectitude. Mark Feeney,, "The face of 19th-century America," 5 Apr. 2018 Mark Haddad’s forceful basso profundo gave Pilate’s deliberation an anguish unusual in characterizations of the prefect. Alan Artner,, "Haymarket Opera performs rare Rossi Passion oratorio," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of basso profundo

1844, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for basso profundo

Italian, literally, deep bass

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“Basso profundo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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