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[kuhl-er-uh-too r-uh, -tyoo r-uh, kol-, kohl-] /ˌkʌl ər əˈtʊər ə, -ˈtyʊər ə, ˌkɒl-, ˌkoʊl-/

runs, trills, and other florid decorations in vocal music.
a lyric soprano of high range who specializes in such music.
noun (music)

Also called coloratura soprano. a lyric soprano who specializes in such music

“Ornamental passages, roulades, embellishments, etc., in vocal music” [Elson], 1740, from Italian coloratura, literally “coloring,” from Late Latin coloratura, from colorare “to color,” from color (see color (n.)).
coloratura [(kul-uhr-uh-toor-uh)]

Elaborate ornamentation in a piece of vocal music. A coloratura soprano is one who can sing such highly ornamented parts.


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