Definition of coloratura
1 : elaborate embellishment in vocal music; broadly : music with ornate figuration
2 : a soprano with a light agile voice specializing in coloratura
Examples of coloratura in a Sentence
a performance without much coloratura
Recent Examples of coloratura from the Web
My great-aunt was the most famous soprano coloratura my country has had, Alba del Castillo.
Performers will be Rosie Herrera, lyric-coloratura soprano; Miguel Llerena, tenor; Jennifer Maer, mezzo-soprano; Stanislav Zelenko, base-baritone, and Michael Zlatkin, bass.
Ms. Damrau dispatched the aria with rosy sound, agile coloratura and girlish glee.
The performer’s hands, isolated on a screen, have a life of their own, the long, slender fingers nervously, gracefully, twitching and fluttering, climbing the air in a kind gestural coloratura.
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Origin and Etymology of coloratura
obsolete Italian, literally, coloring, from Late Latin, from Latin coloratus, past participle of colorare to color, from color
First Known Use: circa 1740See Words from the same year
COLORATURA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of coloratura for English Language Learners
: a style of singing usually in opera that contains a lot of high notes sung very fast
: a singer who is able to perform this type of music
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