mez·​zo | \ ˈmet-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce mezzo (audio) , ˈmed-(ˌ)zō How to pronounce mezzo (audio) \
plural mezzos

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Grace is also a mezzo-soprano singer, can dance a ton of styles including flamenco and waltz and has an ear for accents, including Spanish, Irish and American ones. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "13 Reasons Why"'s Newest Character Ani Achola," 27 Aug. 2019 There could not have been a better choice for soloist than Jennifer Johnson Cano, whose dark and lustrous mezzo-soprano and emotive power held the audience spellbound., "Cleveland Orchestra wraps classical season in challenging, satisfying manner," 20 Aug. 2019 Ilia, a Trojan princess given an effervescent beauty by soprano Ying Fang, falls in love with her captor, Idamante, the vibrant mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: How two top directors are teaching Europe the L.A. School of Opera," 23 Aug. 2019 Only one of the nine women would allow her name to be used - Patricia Wulf, a mezzo-soprano who sang with Domingo at the Washington Opera. CBS News, "Opera legend Placido Domingo a longtime sexual harasser, at least 9 women allege," 13 Aug. 2019 Other standouts are power soprano Shafali Jalota as the fierce Juno; mezzo-soprano Kira Dills-DeSurra as Diana, who is both a nuanced singer and talented comedic stage actress; and countertenor Michael Skarke as the shepherd/poet Endymion. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Voices sublime in Opera NEO’s modern world of ‘La Calisto’," 10 Aug. 2019 As Fabian morphs and changes, his music is divided between multiple singers; the devil here is Brittomara, a shape-shifting character sung by a mezzo-soprano. Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News, "Opera composer Jake Heggie breaks new ground with ‘If I Were You’," 23 July 2019 That’s when mezzo-soprano Jessi McKinnon delivered the concert’s most spine-tingling solo, a disarmingly urgent affirmation so full of hope that the most jaded skeptic could have their world view changed by it. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Summer Singers may have the hope and harmony you need," 21 July 2019 The line resonated with Liz Bouk, the mezzo-soprano singing it. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Transgender Opera Singers Find Their Voices," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of mezzo

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mezzo

Italian, literally, middle, moderate, half, from Latin medius — more at mid

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