The Urban dictionary of Opera
This page is a compilation of opera-related words and nicknames that come up often in (online) discussion but that you’d be hard-pressed to find in a conventional opera glossary.
- Mezzosexual: Someone who is attracted to mezzo-sopranos when they’re playing trouser roles. The term is typically used when this is contrary to the person’s usual sexual orientation.
- Barihunk: A hunky baritone. There’s an entire blog devoted to them.
- Approximatura: Coloratura of questionable rhythmic or tonal accuracy.
- Zwischy: Short for zwischenfach, a term used to describe a female singer who is somewhere between a mezzo and a soprano.
- Squealo: Squillo is the metallic, ping-y ‘edge’ on sound, especially favored by tenors. Sometimes it gets too squeal-like.
- Hunkentenor: Jonas Kaufmann. Possible also any other devastatingly attractive, dark-voiced tenor.
- Parterre: The main US-focused opera gossip site. Lots of good analysis and inside information, plus a terrifyingly opinionated and often-catty group of commentators.
- Buttery biscuit baritone: ‘They’re more refined, sophisticated, mature, and subtle than barihunks, but still hot.’
- Jonas Kaufmann: der Jonas, JK, El Guapo
- Anna Netrebko: Trebs, La Bellissima
- Renée Fleming: NeNe
- Joyce DiDonato: J-Diddy or J-Didz
- Marina Poplavskaya: Popsy
- Juan Diego Flórez: J-Flo
- Anja Harteros: Die Harteros
- Thomas Hampson: T. Hamps
- Roberto Alagna: Roberto Lasagna
- Beverly Sills: Bubbles
- Marilyn Horne: Jackie
- Frederica von Stade: Flicka
- Joan Sutherland: La Stupenda
- Maria Callas: La Divina
- Plácido Domingo: Placidone, Calm Sunday
- Giuseppe Di stefano: Pipo
- Francisco Bonisolli: Il Pazzo