What is coloratura? I, for one, had no clue. But Sharen Camille Becker, director of the Camille Coloratura Awards, was happy to fill me in on this complex vocal technique. “Coloratura soprano is a type of operatic soprano voice that specializes in music that is distinguished by agile runs, leaps and trills," she said. "The term ‘coloratura’ refers to the elaborate ornamentation of a melody, which is a typical component of the music written for this voice.