Definitions for "bel canto"
a cantabile style of operatic singing characterized by purity and evenness of tone, and a precise but brilliant vocal technique displaying ease and agility.
(Italian, beautiful singing) a term used in the seventeenth century meaning smooth and easy vocal lines and rhythm to show off and compliment a singer's voice. [MKH] Glossary 1600-1700
Italian for beautiful singing, the term used to refer to the types of operas in the first half of the 19th century mostly by Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini.