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Comprimario (It.: ‘subprincipal’; Fr. coryphée)locked

  • Julian Budden


A 19th-century term denoting a secondary, supporting role. A comprimario part might be assigned a cantabile, a romanza or a solo part in a duet or ensemble, but not a full-length, two-movement aria. Examples include Isacco (La gazza ladra, 1817), Smeton (Anna Bolena...

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