Tonio comes forward and announces in parlando voice that "the comedy is finished!"
He tried to imitate ordinary conversational speech with music half sung and half spoken—what came to be called "parlando."
His words are parlando, but the orchestra illumines them with music clear as a calcium light.
parlando—well accented or enunciated; applied to melody playing.
Instead of broad, flowing, but intelligible themes, a mongrel breed of recitative and parlando was to take their place.