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

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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 Amanda Lynn Bottoms brought a richly expressive mezzo to Frances. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘The Flood’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Reviews: Premieres in Pursuit of Reinvention," 11 Feb. 2019 Lots of singers have great pitch and rhythm, but few have a vocal range that reaches from the soprano stratosphere to a throaty mezzo sound and a deep, warm croon — and all focused, colorful and pure. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Audra McDonald gives a passionate, moving performance with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra," 7 June 2018 Katherine Pracht brought a mezzo of size and quality, and confident dramatic presence, to the complicated title role. John Von Rhein,, "Chicago Opera Theater's 'Elizabeth Cree' is a bloody good show," 11 Feb. 2018 Cohn’s disappearance is explained in a brief aria sung by the famous bel canto mezzo-soprano Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Trump the Opera—II," 26 Dec. 2018 Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony will be the anchor, Marin Alsop conducting the CSO, with soprano Tamara Wilson, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, tenor Paul Appleby and bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green. Howard Reich,, "From Bernstein to Broadway to Latin jazz," 12 July 2018 He is survived by his daughter, Sonya, a mezzo-soprano. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "British Composer Oliver Knussen Dies at 66," 9 July 2018 Soprano Krassimira Stoyanova and mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova blended their rich, vibrant voices beautifully in their duet, each singer excelling in her arias as well. John Von Rhein,, "Muti leads CSO and Chorus in stirring season finale, Rossini's Stabat Mater," 22 June 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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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