Definition of cabaletta in English:


nounPlural cabalette, Plural cabalettas

  • 1A simple aria with a repetitive rhythm.

    • ‘The duet for soprano and mezzo and its glittering cabaletta are distinguished by daring harmonics and challenging pyrotechnics.’
    • ‘The plan of cantabiles, cabalettas, multi-movement duets, and finales that served Bellini, Donizetti, and the young Verdi had been defined by him.’
    • ‘The only questionable tempo is the slow one that he chooses for the cabaletta of the opera's Act Two aria.’
    • ‘However, in the half of the cabaletta in the second act that is practically always axed, he emerges as someone who pits himself against harmonisation and sentimentality.’
    • ‘Admittedly, his stratospheric high notes in the cabaletta are not comfortable, but he gives them a good try.’
    1. 1.1 The uniformly quick final section of an aria.


Mid 19th century: from Italian, variant of coboletta ‘short stanza’, diminutive of cobola, from Old Provençal cobla, from Latin copula ‘connection’.