Mezzo Soprano Singing Voice Type

The difference between a mezzo voice (mezzo is the abbreviated term for mezzo soprano) and a soprano voice is often tessitura. (Tessitura refers to where most of the notes in a song lie - the notes that a voice feels most comfortable singing.) Many mezzos can sing as high as a soprano, but they can't stay as high for as long as a soprano. Mezzo singers prefer to live in their middle voices while sopranos prefer singing high notes and soaring above the orchestra.

Common performance roles for the mezzo singing voice include the mother, witch or the sleazy girl in town. Famous mezzos you may know inlude Marilyn Horne, K.D. Lang, Lorrie Morgan, Patsy Cline and Karen Carpenter.

Mezzo Voice - Range

The mezzo range is usually G below Middle C to a High B or High C. Many mezzos vocalize as high as a soprano but can't handle the repetition of higher notes.

Mezzo Voice -Register Transitions

The register transitions for the mezzo usually occur at E or F just above Middle C and the E or F one octave above that.

Mezzo Voice - Strength

Mezzo's have a strong middle voice.

Mezzo Voice - Tone

A mezzo voice is usually darker or deeper than her soprano counterpart.

Mezzo Soprano Voice - Weakness

A mezzo's head voice is often her weakness.


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