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Someone did a search for this question on my blog.

Short answer:  Yes!

“Rejoice Greatly” is written for soprano, not specifically coloratura soprano.  When a “non-coloratura” sings the aria, a slower tempo would be indicated.  The voice needs more time to navigate the melismas.  (Scroll down after you click on the link for the best visual example of melismas.)

Listening to, say, 3 different singers gives us a better idea of matching the tempo to the voice.

In addition to the individual singer’s voice, acoustics must also be considered to ensure clarity.

Hope this helps!

Clara Clairbert, Belgian soprano (1890-1969)

Clara Clairbert, Belgian soprano (1890-1969)
(source: Historical Opera Singers)
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