Appendix:Glossary of opera
This is a glossary of opera.
- aria di sorbetto
- bel canto
- breeches role
- A part of a piece of music, such as a concerto, that is very decorative and is played by a single musician.
- chest voice
- Florid or fancy passages in vocal music.
- coup de glotte
- da capo aria
- Any female celebrity, usually a well known singer or actress.
- The "false" (singing) voice in any human, usually airy and lacking a purity of vowels; created by utilizing the next highest vocal folds above those used for speech and normal range singing.
- head voice
- A short piece of music or act in the interval of the main spectacle.
- A melodic theme associated with a particular character, place, thing or idea in an opera.
- The text of a dramatic musical work, such as an opera.
- mad scene
- In opera, a passage in which the orchestra plays a somewhat descriptive accompaniment, while the actor speaks; as, the melodrama in the grave digging scene of Beethoven's "Fidelio".
- A play in the form of a monologue.
- messa di voce
- opera house
- prima donna
- A dialogue, in an opera etc, that, rather than being sung as an aria, is reproduced with the rhythms of normal speech, often with simple musical accompaniment or harpsichord continuo; serves to expound the plot
- The musical effect or technique where the pitch or frequency of a note or sound is quickly and repeatedly raised and lowered over a small distance for the duration of that note or sound.