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Mezzo-soprano [mezzo] (It.: ‘medium soprano’; Fr. mezzo-soprano, bas-dessus, second dessus; Ger. Mezzosopran, tiefer Sopran)locked

  • Owen Jander,
  • J.B. Steane,
  • Elizabeth Forbes,
  • Ellen T. Harris
  •  and Gerald Waldman


A voice, intermediate in pitch between contralto and soprano. It is usually written for in the range a to f♯″ and may be extended at either end, particularly in solo writing. Non-vocal uses of the term derive from a similar use of range; for example, the ...

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