May 28, 2022

The mezzo-soprano [mezzo-] is a sound field between the soprano and the counter-alto. Mezzo-soprano is a medium-type female sound type. The tonal range of the mezzo-soprano ranges from a small to a two-line a or b, but the tone is usually darker, more subtle than that of the soprano. In choirs, mezzo-sopranoes often sing the upper viola to be called the first wave. For the louder mezzo-soprano, there is a second soprano stem in the choir.

Sound area

The sound field of the mezzo-soprano is lower than that of the soprano. The mezzo-soprano sings notes A3-A5 that fall within the strength range of the sound type. The highest mezzo-soprano note in the choir is often F5. Mezzo-soprano has more low tones than soprano and low tones typically perform better than soprano. The mezzo-soprano is able to sing in the 3rd octave with a chest voice. The tone of the mezzo-soprano is darker and richer than that of the soprano, as the set of overtones is abundant. Mezzo-sopranoes are often able to sing the same notes as the soprano, i.e. A5 is not the highest note of the mezzo-soprano, but B5 and C6 are also typically successful from trained mezzo-sopranoes. Thus, a mezzo-soprano may be able to sing as high as a soprano, but it does not enjoy being as high as a soprano and is tired of singing high. In musicals and musical theater, the mezzo-soprano should be able to sing a strong G5 melody, which is part of Nettie’s role in the musical Carousel. The banding interval of the mezzo-soprano starts from the tone F4 / G4 and extends to C5 or D5. The belting sound of a mezzo-soprano is darker and thicker than that of a soprano.

Known mezzo-sopranoes

See also

List of mezzo-sopranoes Register


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