- runs, trills, and other florid decorations in vocal music.
- a lyric soprano of high range who specializes in such music.
Origin of coloratura
Examples from the Web for coloratura
No coloratura soprano can, so to speak, afford to be without it.The Complete Opera Book
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
Their style of singing was the flexible, florid, coloratura style.The Renaissance of the Vocal Art
I am a medium, a coloratura hypnotist and a spirituous control.The Gentle Grafter
- (in 18th- and 19th-century arias) a florid virtuoso passage
- (as modifier)a coloratura aria
- Also called: coloratura soprano a lyric soprano who specializes in such music
Word Origin and History for coloratura
"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.)).
Elaborate ornamentation in a piece of vocal music. A coloratura soprano is one who can sing such highly ornamented parts.