Definition of cabaletta in English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘Admittedly, his stratospheric high notes in the cabaletta are not comfortable, but he gives them a good try.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’.