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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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mezzo-sopranoˌmezzo-soˈprano (also mezzo) noun [countable]  APMa female singing voice that is lower than a soprano but higher than an alto, or a woman with a voice like this
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mezzo-sopranoParts are notated for him in five different clefs bass, tenor, alto, mezzo-soprano and soprano.Yet the beneficent mezzo-soprano voice is not really the ideal instrument, and this soprano has a younger, fresher tone.The late mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani makes a guest appearance in these 1973 sessions.Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano.The voice had a curious quality, husky and high-pitched as if uncertain whether it was a light tenor or a throaty mezzo-soprano.
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