Definition of fioritura in English:

fioritura

nounPlural fioriture

Music
  • An embellishment of a melody, especially as improvised by an operatic singer.

    • ‘Her fioriture were accurate rather than dazzling and I did wonder whether a more experienced singer, one not making her house début, might have been more successful at projecting her character.’
    • ‘Christine Goerke not only plays Armida with sly wit, but she also sings the exacting fioriture and lyrical arias with razor-sharp precision and elegant musicianship.’
    • ‘His voice retains its evenness in all registers, and he cleanly articulates Vivaldi's most difficult runs and fioriture.’
    • ‘This, combined with her very distinctive way with fioriture meant that Fiorilla was imbued with a sound very particular to Bartoli.’
    • ‘When it came to the fioriture in the arias, Kelly was a little sketchier, relying on the expressiveness of the general shape of the music rather than using the fioriture for really expressive purposes.’

Origin

Italian, literally ‘flowering’, from fiorire ‘to flower’.

Pronunciation

fioritura

/fɪˌɔːrɪˈt(j)ʊərə/