One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A lyric soprano or tenor voice of powerful dramatic quality.
- ‘Essentially a lyric soprano with coloratura (and later spinto) capabilities, she was at home in both Mozart and Richard Strauss, as well as in bel canto and verismo.’
- ‘Funny, but to say a voice is a true ‘spinto,’ using the Italian word, is a great compliment, while to say it is ‘pushed’ in plain English is a criticism.’’
- ‘She became famous for such spinto roles as Norma, Tosca, Lucia, and Violetta, in which she commanded an exceptional range of colours and dynamics.’
- ‘Stella Roman, an operatic soprano, performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York during the 1940s and 1950s, specializing in Italian opera spinto roles.’
- ‘And if the Met was hoping to find spinto sopranos for the heavier Verdi and Puccini roles that go begging nowadays, the search goes on.’
- 1.1 A singer with a spinto voice.
- ‘Unlike her husband, who Dioneo suggests is a villain disguised as a marquis, Griselda is not simply a noblewoman in a pauper's clothing; she is, following the logic of the same gloss, a divino spinto.’
1950s: Italian, literally ‘pushed’, past participle of spingere ‘push’.
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