bel canto

noun
bel can·​to | \ bel-ˈkän-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce bel canto (audio) , -ˈkan- How to pronounce bel canto (audio) \

Definition of bel canto

: operatic singing originating in 17th century and 18th century Italy and stressing ease, purity, and evenness of tone production and an agile and precise vocal technique

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Mazzola’s repertoire includes 87 operas, said Freud, with specialties in bel canto, French, early Verdi and contemporary opera. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Enrique Mazzola to succeed retiring Andrew Davis as Lyric Opera’s music director," 12 Sep. 2019 The chorus is a worthy project both in education and community: Its members are schooled in traditional bel canto, and the results are impressive from so young a group. Daniel Gelernter, National Review, "‘Bach to the Future’: Concert to Make One Feel Lucky to Live in New York," 8 June 2019 Stéphane Lissner is the opera’s director general, and—in contrast to Dupont’s fireworks—the surprisingly traditional programming and format of the opera gala largely highlight the bel canto repertoire of the 19th and early 20th century. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "The Paris Opera Celebrates 350 Years With a Glittering Gala," 14 May 2019 Cohn’s disappearance is explained in a brief aria sung by the famous bel canto mezzo-soprano Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Trump the Opera—II," 26 Dec. 2018 Tomlinson uses the bel canto technique, with its emphasis on breath control and smooth, connected phrasing, to guide the students. Jessica Gelt, latimes.com, "Anne Tomlinson on two decades leading the Los Angeles Children's Chorus," 27 June 2018 Opera diva Renée Fleming, renowned as much for the sensitivity of her characterizations as for her luscious bel canto, doesn't have to separate acting from singing in her Broadway musical debut. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "What 'My Fair Lady' and 'Carousel' bring to Broadway that 'Mean Girls' does not," 17 May 2018 Mary Anne also joined more classical and bel canto groups such as the American Women's Choir in Hong Kong and the Washington Women's Choir in DC. courant.com, "Mary Anne Whalen," 5 June 2018 Lawrence Brownlee is celebrated for his portrayals of the princely heroes and love-smitten lords of bel canto. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "With new song cycle, Lawrence Brownlee explores a black man's life in America," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bel canto

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bel canto

Italian, literally, beautiful singing

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