coloratura

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Italian coloratura, from Late Latin coloratura, from colorare "to colour".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kɒləɹəˈtjʊɹə/

Noun[edit]

coloratura (plural coloratura or coloraturas)

  1. (uncountable) Florid or fancy passages in vocal music.
    • 2004, The Video Librarian, volume 19, page 71
      The singing is generally excellent, with Simon Keenlyside standing out for his richly vocalized (and amusingly dour) Papageno and Diana Damrau for her spot-on coloratura and genuine venom as the Queen of the Night.
  2. (countable) a singer of such passages, especially a soprano
    • 1980, Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers
      The middle one, of course, was the coloratura Julia Kristeva, known as the most voluptuous Salome in the business.

Adjective[edit]

coloratura (comparative more coloratura, superlative most coloratura)

  1. Pertaining to coloratura.
    She has a lighter and more coloratura voice.
    This role has the most coloratura singing in the opera.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XII:
      I drew a deep breath, this time fortunately unmixed with gin and tonic. I was profoundly stirred. “You mean,” I said, my voice quavering like that of a coloratura soprano, “that I went through that soul-shattering experience all for nothing?”

Italian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

colorare +‎ -tura

Noun[edit]

coloratura f (plural colorature)

  1. colouration, colouring
  2. (music) Virtuosic ornamentation of a melody

Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

colōrātūra

  1. nominative feminine singular of colōrātūrus
  2. nominative neuter plural of colōrātūrus
  3. accusative neuter plural of colōrātūrus
  4. vocative feminine singular of colōrātūrus
  5. vocative neuter plural of colōrātūrus

colōrātūrā

  1. ablative feminine singular of colōrātūrus