Definition of recitativo in English:

recitativo

noun

  • another term for recitative
    • ‘The soprano introduces the first words of the text and the flute takes over in a long, beautiful quasi recitativo above the strings.’
    • ‘Conductor Bernard Labadie, the Music and Artistic Director of L' Opéra de Québec led the excellent orchestra, with harpsichord for the recitativo secco, with a sure hand.’
    • ‘Characteristic features of the genre are the rapid-firing recitativo secco accompanying vigorous stage business, and the multi-sectional concerted finale with dramatic surprises.’

Origin

Italian.

Pronunciation:

recitativo

/ˌrɛsɪtəˈtiːvəʊ/