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What is a Mezzo-Soprano


Fine Arts Dictionary:

A range of the female singing voice lower than soprano and higher than alto.


Music Encyclopedia:

A female voice normally with a range of approximately a-f#″. The distinction between soprano and mezzo-soprano dates from the mid-18th century but was particularly taken up by composers of the 19th, who often assigned important roles to mezzo-sopranos, particularly from Rossini's time onwards, when the castrato voice (usually of roughly the same pitch) fell out of favour. In the early 19th century there are heroic roles for mezzo but later it was used more for dramatic secondary ones (like Eboli in Verdi's Don Carlos); it was also commonly used for such roles as nurse or confidante. The voice is effectively exploited by Saint-Saëns for the seductive Dalila.


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