Spinto soprano

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A spinto soprano is a type of operatic soprano voice that has the limpidity and easy high notes of a lyric soprano, yet can be "pushed" on to achieve dramatic climaxes without strain. This type of voice may also possess a somewhat darker timbre than the average lyric.

Spinto sopranos are also expected to handle dynamic changes in the music that they are performing with skill and poise. They command a vocal range extending from approximately middle C (C4) to in alt D (D6).[1][page needed]

The spinto repertoire includes many roles written by Verdi, by the various verismo composers, and by Puccini. Some of these roles are extremely popular with opera audiences. Certain Wagnerian heroines such as Elsa, Elisabeth and Sieglinde are also sung by spinto sopranos. The fact that spinto sopranos are uncommon means that parts that are ideal for their voices are often performed by singers from other classifications, and more than a few lyric sopranos have damaged their voices singing heavier spinto roles.[2][page needed] Spinto roles are often sung by lyric sopranos, despite calling for high sustained tessitura passages that compete with full orchestral sound, and the lighter lyric voice needs to exercise caution when moving to this heavier category.[3]

The spinto tenor is the spinto soprano's male equivalent among operatic voice types.

Spinto roles[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Coffin, Berton (1960). Coloratura, Lyric and Dramatic Soprano, Vol. 1. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-0-8108-0188-2.
  2. ^ a b Boldrey, Richard (1994). Guide to Operatic Roles and Arias. Caldwell Publishing. ISBN 978-1-877761-64-5.
  3. ^ a b Miller, Richard (2000). Training Soprano Voices. Oxford. pp. 9–11. ISBN 0-19-513018-9.)

Further reading[edit]

  • Boldrey, Richard; Caldwell, Robert; Singer, Werner; Wall, Joan; Pines, Roger (1992). Singer's Edition (Light Lyric Soprano): Operatic Arias – Light Lyric Soprano. Caldwell Publishing. ISBN 978-1-877761-02-7.
  • Boldrey, Richard; Caldwell, Robert; Singer, Werner; Wall, Joan; Pines, Roger (1992). Singer's Edition (Soubrette): Operatic Arias – Soubrette. Caldwell Publishing. ISBN 978-1-877761-03-4.