mez·​zo-so·​pra·​no ˌmet-(ˌ)sō-sə-ˈpra-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce mezzo-soprano (audio)
: a woman's voice with a range between soprano and contralto
also : a singer having this voice

Examples of mezzo-soprano in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My favorite performance of the night was mezzo-soprano Emily Treigle as meddlesome maid Despina, rendered here as a lovably troublesome and vaguely goth pot-stirrer. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 22 June 2024 The concert features mezzo-soprano Mia Athey, tenor Aaron Crouch, tenor Kevin Webb Jr., pianist JoyAnne Amani and St. John the Baptist Gospel Singers. John Coffren, Baltimore Sun, 18 June 2024 The song cycle, based on Thomas’ own experience, co-stars mezzo-soprano Deborah Nansteel. Ashley Lee, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2024 She was born in France to two world-traveling opera singers: Italian tenor Jose Todaro and Brazilian mezzo-soprano Maria-Helena de Oliveira, who performed while pregnant with their daughter. Amanda Rosa, Miami Herald, 6 June 2024 In rehearsals, Bakker and the cast — which includes mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose, soprano Lelian Farahani, tenor Miles Mykkanen, baritone Rod Gilfry, and bass Kristinn Sigmundsson — have devoted hours to discussing the opera, and the company has enlisted trauma experts to work with the artists. Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News, 28 May 2024 The Latvian mezzo-soprano teams with conductor Karel Mark Chichon on works by Giuseppe Verdi and others. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2024 The Bay Area can’t take credit for the eclectic streak that has run through the remarkable career of Frederica von Stade, but the legendary mezzo-soprano has also found plenty of support here for her musical curiosity. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, 1 May 2024 Also making their company debuts are Korean baritone Kidon Choi as U.S. Embassy consul Sharpless and American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Doche as Suzuki, Cio-Cio San’s faithful maid. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Apr. 2024

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Word History


Italian mezzosoprano, from mezzo + soprano soprano

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mezzo-soprano was in 1838

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“Mezzo-soprano.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a woman's voice between that of the soprano and contralto
also : a singer having such a voice

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