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coloratura

[kuhl-er-uh-too r-uh, -tyoo r-uh, kol-, kohl-] /ˌkʌl ər əˈtʊər ə, -ˈtyʊər ə, ˌkɒl-, ˌkoʊl-/
noun
1.
runs, trills, and other florid decorations in vocal music.
2.
a lyric soprano of high range who specializes in such music.
Also, colorature
[kuhl-er-uh-choo r] /ˈkʌl ər əˌtʃʊər/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of coloratura
1730-1740
1730-40; < Italian < Late Latin: literally, coloring. See color, -ate1, -ure
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Examples from the Web for coloratura
Historical Examples
  • No coloratura soprano can, so to speak, afford to be without it.

  • It is the dancing equivalent of a coloratura soprano rle in opera.

    Interpreters Carl Van Vechten
  • How beautiful were his coloratura, his trills,—simply flawless!

    How to Sing Lilli Lehmann
  • Their style of singing was the flexible, florid, coloratura style.

  • I am a medium, a coloratura hypnotist and a spirituous control.

  • The coloratura singer, who is an artist, can act as well as sing.

    Vocal Mastery Harriette Brower
  • Every man who drives a racing-car has a coloratura soprano beaten to death for temperament.

  • The coloratura voice will sing upper C, and it will sound very high indeed.

    Vocal Mastery Harriette Brower
  • For the coloratura music you must make the voice sound high and sweet—like a bird—singing and soaring.

    Vocal Mastery Harriette Brower
  • coloratura voices have not so much opportunity at the present time, unless they are quite out of the ordinary.

    Vocal Mastery Harriette Brower
British Dictionary definitions for coloratura

coloratura

/ˌkɒlərəˈtʊərə/
noun (music)
1.
  1. (in 18th- and 19th-century arias) a florid virtuoso passage
  2. (as modifier): a coloratura aria
2.
Also called coloratura soprano. a lyric soprano who specializes in such music
Word Origin
C19: from obsolete Italian, literally: colouring, from Latin colōrāre to colour
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Word Origin and History for coloratura
n.

"Ornamental passages, roulades, embellishments, etc., in vocal music" [Elson], 1740, from Italian coloratura, literally "coloring," from Late Latin coloratura, from colorare "to color," from color (see color (n.)).

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coloratura in Culture
coloratura [(kul-uhr-uh-toor-uh)]

Elaborate ornamentation in a piece of vocal music. A coloratura soprano is one who can sing such highly ornamented parts.

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