Definition of primo uomo in US English:

primo uomo


  • The principal male singer in an opera or opera company.

    • ‘In another time he would have plotted with the primo uomo to sing badly and ruin one of my operas, or with others of his ilk to spread rumors about me.’
    • ‘From the late seventeenth century the central male operatic role (primo uomo) in opera seria was sung by a castrato.’
    • ‘The prima donna and primo uomo (the hero, generally a castrato) each had at least one large-scale display aria in every act, followed by an exit.’


Italian, literally ‘first man’.


primo uomo

/ˌprēmō ˈwōmō/