messa di voce

noun
mes·​sa di vo·​ce | \ˌmāsədēˈvō(ˌ)chā, ˌmes-\
plural messe di voce\ -​(ˌ)sād-​ \

Definition of messa di voce 

: the singing of a gradual crescendo and decrescendo on a long sustained tone used of a vocal technique originating in 18th century bel canto

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History and Etymology for messa di voce

Italian, literally, placing of the voice

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