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bel canto

bel CAHN-toe

[English, beautiful singing]

1. A style of singing that emphasizes the beauty of sound throughout the entire voice range. A tender, pure, and sympathetic legato, the opposite of bravura singing

2. Specifically, an elegant Italian vocal style characterized by florid melodic lines delivered by voices of great agility, smoothness, and purity of tone.



Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto, "La donna é mobile"

Goachino Rossini: The Barber of Seville, "Largo al factotum"


Last Updated: 2016-05-18 22:45:13