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

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The Massachusetts attorney general and the Bureau of Investigation had discovered that Muck was having an affair with a young mezzo-soprano named Rosamond Young. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The “Star-Spangled Banner” Controversy That Altered the Course of American Music," 2 July 2019 In Chicago, Kalmar will lead the Grant Park Orchestra, mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran, vocalists Holland Andrews and Holcombe Waller, vocalist-composer Gabriel Kahane and the Harmony, Hope & Healing Community Chorus. Howard Reich,, "Holiday weekend offers up a wealth of jazz and classical performances," 30 June 2019 Featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir and the mezzo soprano Denyce Graves? Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan in ‘Candide’? I had to go to Philadelphia to catch this.," 21 June 2019 The character of Hélène requires a diva with a sense of humor, and mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson was the whole package in her Odyssey debut. Globe Staff,, "Odyssey Opera’s ‘La belle Hélène’ has flair, flaws," 17 June 2019 The female protagonist, originally played by Monk, will be sung by mezzo-soprano Joanna Lynn-Jacobs. Jessica Gelt,, "Who brought a 36-foot orb into Disney Hall for ‘Atlas’? Yup, that guy again," 10 June 2019 Don't miss this one-of-a-kind performance by an all-star cast and featuring mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard!, "Ravel’s Luminous and Spellbinding Tale: Semi-Staged Event," 7 June 2019 Includes a performance by mezzo-soprano Kyle Engler. Allana Haynes,, "14 things to do in Howard County in June and July," 5 June 2019 As DiDonato has demonstrated many times previously, her versatile mezzo is a perfect fit for either Broadway or classical. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "‘Wizard of Oz’ world premiere will kick off KC Ballet 2018-19 season | The Kansas City Star," 9 Mar. 2018

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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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