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Template:Vocal range A mezzo-soprano (meaning "half soprano" in Italian) is a female singer with a range usually extending from the A flat below middle C to the A flat two octaves above. Mezzo-sopranos generally have a darker (or richer) vocal tone than sopranos, and their voice type sits between the soprano and the contralto. The terms Dugazon and Galli-Mari are sometimes used to refer to light mezzo-sopranos, after the names of famous singers. A castrato with a mezzo-soprano range was called a mezzo-soprano castrato.

Mezzo-sopranos typically sing secondary roles in operas, with Bizet's Carmen and Rosina (in Rossini's Barber of Seville) as the most notable exceptions. Typical roles for mezzo-sopranos include "witches, britches, and bitches", a common expression that summarizes their function in opera. Witches are the old hags, nurses, and wise women that are seen in operas, such as Azucena and Ulrica. Britches are breeches roles, males roles typically played by mezzo-sopranos, such as Cherubino and Octavian. Bitches are the sultry seducers that lead men astray, such as Carmen, Venus, and Dalila.

Mezzo-Soprano roles

Famous mezzo-sopranos

See also

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