bel canto

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

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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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 Verdi invigorated the conventions of bel canto with compelling characters, refusing to compromise with what is dramatically crucial yet readily adapting to what is necessary practically to get the opera staged. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "A Rice-A-Roni 'Rigoletto,' Verdi's opera as a dated San Francisco treat," 13 May 2018 Hard to imagine the frothy bel canto comedies of Donizetti surviving such an approach. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Opera Theater brings flair to comic, serious Donizetti one-acters," 15 Apr. 2018 First performed in Milan in 1832, the opera is lauded for its humor and character development, and as an excellent representation of the bel canto tradition. Lynn Trenning, charlotteobserver, "Sensoria is CPCC’s 10-day festival of literature and the arts in Charlotte. Don’t miss it. | Charlotte Observer," 27 Mar. 2018 Brownlee devoted the second half of his program to more conventional recital fare — a pair of his specialty bel canto arias, standards from the great American songbook and several spirituals, interspersed with ingratiating commentary. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Lawrence Brownlee delivers committed reading of new song cycle about being black and male in America," 23 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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