bel canto

  1. a style of operatic singing
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  • It's the prime masterpiece of the period where Verdi went from a talented master of the Italian operatic tradition to a genius of reinvention: Verdi saw that the conventions of bel canto — the coloratura decoration, the steady build from recitative to cavatina to cabaletta, the diagetic justification for dance and popular music — had matured to the point that their mere presence could have dramatic content above and beyond the story. Archive 2008-03-01
  • The bel canto opera repertoire is most closely associated with Bellini's deranged heroines and Donizetti's game gamines.
  • The end of the book includes a short glossary of terms to help readers with certain concepts such as bel canto, leitmotif and verismo.
  • His style has a certain bel canto elegance, but the sound is nasal and pinched. Times, Sunday Times
  • But in the 1880s, as the effort got under way to make the Irish respectable by returning them to their imagined roots, Olcott was recruited to perform “authentic” Irish songs in an operatic, bel canto style. A Renegade History of the United States
  • His style has a certain bel canto elegance, but the sound is nasal and pinched. Times, Sunday Times
  • I was a cavatina junkie from an early age, but I've had good luck convincing more dramatically-inclined skeptics of the viability of bel canto by starting with Verdi and working chronologically backwards. Pretty Woman
  • She revived operas from the bel canto era which, since her time, have become staples of the repertoire. A TALE OF FOUR HOUSES: Opera at Covent Garden, La Scala, Vienna and the Met since 1945
  • Called “La Stupenda,” she combined the heft of a Wagnerian singer with the agility and upper register of a coloratura soprano, leading to powerful interpretations of great bel canto roles that had lain dormant for decades -- following in the wake of Maria Callas, who had spearheaded their initial revival. Joan Sutherland: addio, Stupenda
  • Bel canto is all about candy for the ear and the eye. Times, Sunday Times
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