Definition of soprano in English:

soprano

noun

  • 1The highest of the four standard singing voices.

    ‘a piece composed for soprano, flute, and continuo’
    [as modifier] ‘a good soprano voice’
    • ‘When Giselle Kapochany's beautiful soprano voice began to sing ‘Stille Nacht’ under the starry sky, one by one doors opened onto lit rooms, and voices from many countries joined in.’
    • ‘She is tiny in stature, but is possessed of a ravishing soprano voice that rides the large orchestra, and fills the vast arena of the Coliseum with ease.’
    • ‘The other girl sang in a clear soprano that weaved its way through the flute's melody and soared through the audience.’
    • ‘So great was the applause - and because it lasted so long - she reappeared and continued to sing in her clear soprano voice that reached the very back of the Opera House.’
    • ‘Nina has a beautiful soprano voice which was a pleasure to hear.’
    • ‘If performers desired a keyboard accompaniment to a Bradbury arrangement, one could be improvised using the soprano and bass voices as the basis for appropriate harmonies.’
    • ‘At some point the children chime in and finally a single soprano voice soars in counterpoint to the great roaring wave of harmony.’
    • ‘First, they imported madrigals (settings of poetry usually for five voices: two sopranos, alto, tenor, and bass) from Italy.’
    • ‘It contrasts with the soprano voice, which has overtones of someone more out-going than Mary.’
    • ‘At times, it makes sense to play the soprano and alto voices with the right hand, the tenor and bass with the left hand.’
    • ‘Both of these sections feature solo voices - a soprano in the Lacrimosa and a tenor in the Shevchenko setting.’
    • ‘Gareth and his daughters began singing, Tru's soprano with Relm's alto and his bass creating a perfect trio.’
    • ‘Her soprano voice deteriorated early, perhaps from overwork - as Marguerite in Faust, she once performed 24 consecutive nights.’
    • ‘The difference here is that The Collegiate Singers are all adult, and the soprano and alto voices thus women's.’
    • ‘Gardiner also has a fine team of soloists with the soprano voice of Donna Brown particularly outstanding.’
    • ‘Yours is a true soprano voice, right, not a falsetto?’
    • ‘Her soprano voice was agile, yet strong enough to be heard over the sometimes somewhat clangorous orchestra.’
    • ‘As a bonus, this CD includes the five solos and duets for soprano and/or contralto as sung by Schwarzkopf and Ferrier on June 15, 1950.’
    • ‘She had an infectious laugh and a fine soprano voice.’
    • ‘A smile spread across her face as she continued to sing, her clear soprano harmonising itself as the game intensified.’
    1. 1.1A female or boy singer with a soprano voice.
      • ‘If you like standard contemporary Irish folk sung by a lilting soprano, here you go.’
      • ‘It starred a young soprano Marie Slowey and the officer and the singer fell in love and married.’
      • ‘As the main emphasis of the courses lies in the choir made up of all participants, space is limited to approximately twenty sopranos, twelve altos and counter-tenors, and sixteen basses.’
      • ‘It's an all out show but the music is just so emotional, it requires such a range in a singer, particularly the lead soprano.’
      • ‘He visited Rome and Naples where he made contact with a number of singers, including the soprano Anna Strada who would become his leading lady.’
      • ‘She played it to the hilt as an over-inebriated soprano trying to sing in an operetta.’
      • ‘These are sung by the soprano Anne Schwanewilms, a new name yes, but definitely a rising and shining voice in the singing firmament.’
      • ‘A gilded fountain played in the central stage, two sopranos sang operatic duets while the New Zealand School of Dance, in medieval-style costumes, danced around the fountain.’
      • ‘There's nothing wrong with that (the soprano and mezzo who sang in the premiere were Verdi's original Aïda and Amneris).’
      • ‘The Armonico Consort's vocal forces were slightly larger, with eight sopranos singing the divided top line.’
      • ‘A soprano, she sings for nonprofit organizations' benefits and is gaining singing experience through a local opera company.’
      • ‘The soprano sings the text, often one syllable at a time, at the extreme top of her range.’
      • ‘Earlier in Freni's career she was primarily a lyric soprano, and even sang coloratura roles such as Elvira in Bellini's I Puritani.’
      • ‘As I mentioned, last night there were three singers the choir - two basses and a soprano - off singing in a performance of the Rachmaninov Vespers.’
      • ‘Eight members of The Clerks' Group appear here: two sopranos, two altos, two tenors, and two basses.’
      • ‘It wasn't that long ago when a soprano either sang all of Bellini or left him alone.’
      • ‘When one of Suzuki's sopranos sang a high A a tiny bit flat at the dress rehearsal.’
      • ‘Why Mozart composed the motet for Rauzzini and not a female soprano is not known.’
      • ‘It was particularly irksome during a serene hymn by the medieval composer Machaut, sung by three sopranos from Paul Hillier's Theatre of Voices during the opening weekend of the inaugural festival.’
      • ‘Three sopranos blend their voices together in eerie beauty, and the male chorus provides a firm underpinning, often through chanting.’
    2. 1.2A part written for a soprano voice.
      • ‘Jane Hunt will sing soprano, Pamela Rudge alto, Roland Kitchen tenor and Paul Fletcher bass.’
      • ‘The association began prohibiting boys from singing alto or soprano and girls from singing tenor or bass about two years ago.’
      • ‘The music was fun and in that situation I liked singing soprano better than singing alto, although I do love the inner harmonies, too.’
      • ‘But before the last movement of the symphony, a solo for soprano, Mahler's musical realisation of a child's view of heaven, he discreetly opens his score.’
      • ‘The younger is an alto but everyone makes her sing soprano.’
      • ‘An aria from a modern opera is the title of a new work for soprano and orchestra written by composer John Haddock.’
      • ‘Anne Sofie von Otter is a stunningly good choice as Sesto, a young nobleman who Handel wrote as either soprano or tenor, so to cast such an intelligent mezzo is an imaginative step.’
      • ‘She was an alto trying to sing soprano and missing.’
    3. 1.3[usually as modifier]An instrument of a high or the highest pitch in its family.
      ‘a soprano saxophone’
      • ‘Parker's ‘New Fork’ explores circular territory that he normally negotiates on the soprano horn, making sideline squeaks and tubular honks.’
      • ‘This leads to a nice soprano sax solo, and the tune is well within the domain of standard fusion.’
      • ‘Band leader, Ray Blue, is also a composer, arranger and performer on tenor, alto and soprano saxophones.’
      • ‘That was when he decided to switch to soprano saxophone - the instrument he's known for by most jazz fans.’
      • ‘He since has gone on to become as one of the finest soprano saxophone players in the world with a unique, dark, rich tone.’
      • ‘On soprano sax, he adds featured guest Joe McPhee, the avant-jazz legend whose career is so crucial that the HatHut label was founded specifically to document his work.’
      • ‘Over the years, McPhee has become adept on alto and soprano saxes, value trombone, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, cornet, and various clarinets.’
      • ‘David Liebman is widely regarded as one of the finest musicians in the world on the soprano saxophone.’
      • ‘The song bolts out with an anticipatory, pulsing rhythm under a soprano sax solo by Bruce Ackley.’
      • ‘His buoyant, spicy soprano sax is front and centre, burbling among the snappy rhythms and lush textures of the vibrantly produced tracks.’
      • ‘This CD features five recording sessions from 1949-the year in which the majestic New Orleans-born soprano saxophonist decided to make France his home.’
      • ‘The sound of Kenny G's soprano sax filled every corner of the room.’
      • ‘It's yet another great pop song, despite the fact that the sound of a soprano sax gets me sawing off my shotguns and studying my Catcher in the Rye every time.’
      • ‘The veteran soprano saxophonist is pre-eminent on his instrument and has worked with many jazz greats, including Thelonious Monk, Gil Evans and Cecil Taylor.’
      • ‘However, it does demonstrate Simmons' impressive command of an instrument rarely heard in jazz, which sounds like a slightly deeper and richer soprano saxophone.’
      • ‘Steve Lacy plays soprano saxophone throughout Taylor's set, and he foreshadows John Coltrane's sound on the same instrument a few years later.’
      • ‘It's accordion, soprano sax, clarinet, bass, banjo and percussion.’
      • ‘Tom Arthurs' Centipede are fidgety writhers, striking angular shapes with tricky grooves and utilising the spiked fork of their leader's trumpet and Laubrock's soprano saxophone.’
      • ‘My Oboe Concerto also plays with this kind of baroque set-up: the soloist is surrounded by a group of three more oboes and a soprano saxophone.’
      • ‘The horns jostle, then take flight, with Jones on soprano saxophone, tipping in some searing soul-blues streaks.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: Italian, from sopra above from Latin supra.

Pronunciation:

soprano

/səˈpranō//səˈpränō/