Type of Singing Voice:
It is the female vocal range between soprano and alto. Mezzo-sopranos have a tone that is darker than sopranos but lighter than altos.
From A below middle C and the second F or G above middle C.
Derived from the Italian word mezzo meaning "half."
Some of the famous mezzo-sopranos of the past are: Pauline Viardot
, Gladys Swarthout, Jennie Tourel and Rise Stevens.
Roles of Mezzo-Sopranos in Famous Operas:
The mezzo-soprano voice is used to play the character. of Amneris in the opera Aida
by Giuseppe Verdi
. Also, the role of Carmen in the opera of the same title (Carmen) written by Georges Bizet
and for the character Suzuki in Giacomo Puccini's
opera Madame Butterfly