Definition of tessitura in English:

tessitura

noun

Music
  • The range within which most notes of a vocal part fall.

    • ‘Above all, Nilon's voice is a touching and tender one, open-vowelled, never overstated, full of warmth and well abreast of high and low tessitura alike.’
    • ‘Prior to her appearances in London she had specialised in singing male roles, because of her remarkably low tessitura.’
    • ‘Inevitably she has to sing the role rather lightly, given its high tessitura.’
    • ‘Here, Upshaw sings the later soprano version, and is occasionally taxed by its challengingly high tessitura.’
    • ‘To the Marx songs, the tessitura of which is ideally suited to her edgy soprano, she brings incomparable authority and ravishing vocalism.’

Origin

Italian, literally ‘texture’, from Latin textura (see texture).

Pronunciation

tessitura

/ˌtesəˈto͝orə/