10 definitions by Pitti-Sing

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1. An intensely beautiful style of singing. It is characterized by flowery, extravagant passages and lots of trills and runs.

2. A coloratura soprano, meaning a soprano who sings the coloratura style.

3. A role in an opera or musical which employs coloratura techniques.

Contrary to popular belief, any properly trained vocalist can sing coloratura--it is not limited to sopranos.
1. "Every Valley Shall Be Exalted" is a coloratura aria.

2. Beverly Sills is a coloratura soprano.

3. The Queen of the Night is a coloratura role.
автор: Pitti-Sing 23 июня 2006
A superior form of entertainment in which most of the characters' lines are sung. Not many young people like opera, because their brains are so clogged by rap and sex that they are unable to appreciate the dignity and beauty of opera.
One famous opera is Don Giovanni, by Mozart.
автор: Pitti-Sing 23 июня 2006
A remarkable soprano with a terrific range. Sarah is well-known for her work in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, where she famously portrayed Christine Daae. She is an extremely able singer whose range peaks in the whistle register.
Sarah Brightman's beautiful voice has made her very successful.
автор: Pitti-Sing 23 июня 2006
The highest register of the human voice. A note properly sung in this register can, in fact, shatter glass.

The whistle register is very rarely used in music, mostly because the ability to hold a pitch in the whistle register is itself very rare. However, singers who can reach these notes do have a few special privileges. Only a whistle-register singer may play the Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflote.
Two very famous whistle register singers are Mariah Carey and Sarah Brightman.
автор: Pitti-Sing 23 июня 2006
The Mikado is an operetta which was written by Gilbert and Sullivan and first performed in 1885.
The operetta is highly comedic, satirical depiction of life in the Japanese town of Titipu. While the plot appears to be poking fun at Japanese tradition, it is actually a cleverly disguised parody of British politics. The plot follows Nanki-Poo, the son of Japan's lordlike Mikado, in his attempts to woo the fair Yum-Yum away from her fiance Ko-Ko, whilst avoiding the affections of his own betrothed, the elderly Katisha.

The male roles in the Mikado are:
-The Mikado (bass)
-Nanki-Poo, his son (tenor)
-Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner (baritone)
-Pooh-Bah, the Lord High Everything Else (baritone)
-Pish-Tush, a nobleman (baritone or bass)

The female roles in the Mikado are:
-Yum-Yum, Ko-Ko's betrothed (soprano)
-Peep-Bo, a ward of Ko-Ko (soprano)
-Pitti-Sing, her sister (mezzo-soprano)
-Katisha, a noblewoman (contralto)

However, sometimes people with different ranges can play various roles in the operetta. Pitti-Sing can be successfully sung by an alto, while any female singer could play Katisha as long as she has a low range. If the actor playing Pish-Tush cannot hit a bottom F, another character, Go-To, may be played by a bass to sing Pish-Tush's lower parts.
The most famous song from the Mikado is "Three Little Maids from School."
автор: Pitti-Sing 23 июня 2006
A female character in the Gilbert and Sullivan masterpiece The Mikado. The role of Yum-Yum should be sung by a soprano.

Yum-Yum is the beautiful young ward of Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, and she is preparing to be his bride when she reunites with Nanki-Poo, a childhood friend and the son of the Mikado, and falls in love with him instead. During the opera, Yum-Yum is distressed by not being able to marry her beloved, until finally Ko-Ko releases her from the engagement because he has fallen in love with Katisha.
Yum-Yum sings quite a bit during the midsection of the Mikado, but her biggest solo is "The Sun, Whose Rays."
автор: Pitti-Sing 23 июня 2006
The lowest female singing voice. At their lowest, contraltos sometimes sound like Barry White. There are traditionally very few roles for contraltos in operas, though modern musical theatre has begun to include them. A common saying is that contraltos are only allowed to play "witches, bitches and britches," with "britches" referring to a trouser role.
Some famous contraltos are Cher, Fiona Apple, Patti LuPone and Marilyn Horne.
Some famous contralto roles in musical theatre are Katisha (The Mikado), Dalila (Samson et Dalila) and Charity (Sweet Charity).
автор: Pitti-Sing 23 июня 2006

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