Definition of fioritura in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This, combined with her very distinctive way with fioriture meant that Fiorilla was imbued with a sound very particular to Bartoli.’
    • ‘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.’


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