Definition of mezza voce in English:

mezza voce

Pronunciation /ˌmɛtsə ˈvəʊtʃeɪ//ˈvɒtʃi/

adjective & adverb

Music
  • (especially as a direction) using about half the singer's vocal power.

noun

mass nounMusic
  • Singing performed mezza voce.

    ‘the sweet mezza voce of the ‘Hostias’’
    • ‘Hans Hotter does not need to raise his voice above a mezza voce; the terrifying menace of his presence leaves no doubt that he is the Grand Inquisitor, and that his is the ultimate authority.’
    • ‘At first, I thought his ‘Dalla sua pace’ was too aggressive, but when he reprises the aria's opening music, he sings it in a melting mezza voce, almost crooningly.’
    • ‘Yet in reflective or melancholic fare, such as Brahms's Mondenschein and Lerchengesang, he found a caressing legato and an enchanting mezza voce.’
    • ‘Pick items that are sedate rather than fleet-footed prestos and floated pieces at mezza voce rather than full-throttle.’
    • ‘The release of this pressure for the normal, vocally ‘clear’ attack (coup de glotte), or the mezza voce or ‘breath’ attack, requires precise timing of respiratory and laryngeal movements.’

Origin

Italian, literally ‘half voice’.

Pronunciation

mezza voce

/ˌmɛtsə ˈvəʊtʃeɪ//ˈvɒtʃi/