soprano

The opera performer with the highest voice is a soprano. A soprano is usually a woman, and she can hit the high notes.

A woman who sings at the highest register is one kind of soprano, and her singing voice itself can also be called a soprano. Sometimes high-voiced male singers are described this way too, although it's more common to call them countertenors, or to describe their singing voices as falsetto. Soprano is an Italian word that means "the treble in music," or "high," from sopra, or "above."

Definitions of soprano
  1. noun
    the highest female voice; the voice of a boy before puberty
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    type of:
    singing voice
    the musical quality of the voice while singing
  2. noun
    a female singer
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    Eileen Farrell
    United States operatic soprano noted for the clarity and power of her voice (1920-2002)
    Swedish Nightingale
    Swedish soprano who toured the United States under the management of P. T. Barnum (1820-1887)
    Marta Brigit Nilsson
    Swedish operatic soprano who played Wagnerian roles (born in 1918)
    Jessye Norman
    United States operatic soprano (born in 1945)
    Rosa Melba Ponselle
    United States soprano (1897-1981)
    Mary Leontyne Price
    United States operatic soprano (born 1927)
    Belle Miriam Silverman
    United States operatic soprano (born in 1929)
    Dame Joan Sutherland
    Australian operatic soprano (born in 1926)
    Renata Tebaldi
    Italian operatic soprano (born in 1922)
    Dame Kiri Janette Te Kanawa
    New Zealand operatic soprano (born in 1944)
    Helen Traubel
    United States operatic soprano (1903-1972)
    Maria Meneghini Callas
    Greek coloratura soprano (born in the United States) known for her dramatic intensity in operatic roles (1923-1977)
    Marilyn Horne
    United States operatic mezzo-soprano (born 1934)
    Helen Porter Mitchell
    Australian operatic soprano (1861-1931)
    Alice-Josephine Pons
    United States coloratura soprano (born in France) (1904-1976)
    types:
    coloratura, coloratura soprano
    a lyric soprano who specializes in coloratura vocal music
    mezzo, mezzo-soprano
    a soprano with a voice between soprano and contralto
    type of:
    singer, vocaliser, vocalist, vocalizer
    a person who sings
  3. noun
    the pitch range of the highest female voice
    synonyms: treble
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    pitch
    the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration
  4. adjective
    having or denoting a high range
    soprano voice”
    soprano sax”
    synonyms: treble
    high, high-pitched
    used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency
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