Meaning of tessitura in English:


Pronunciation /ˌtɛsɪˈtjʊərə/


  • The range within which most notes of a vocal part fall.

    ‘the tessitura of the part is much more comfortable for a countertenor than for a soprano’
    • ‘a low tessitura’
    • ‘To the Marx songs, the tessitura of which is ideally suited to her edgy soprano, she brings incomparable authority and ravishing vocalism.’
    • ‘Inevitably she has to sing the role rather lightly, given its high tessitura.’
    • ‘Prior to her appearances in London she had specialised in singing male roles, because of her remarkably low tessitura.’
    • ‘Above all, Nilon's voice is a touching and tender one, open-vowelled, never overstated, full of warmth and well abreast of high and low tessitura alike.’
    • ‘Here, Upshaw sings the later soprano version, and is occasionally taxed by its challengingly high tessitura.’


Italian, literally ‘texture’, from Latin textura (see texture).