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Articles tagged with "aria"

Guillaume Tell musical highlight: ‘Sois immobile’

25 June 2015

Rossini gave his protagonist just one aria, but in it created a moment of startling intensity and beauty that lingers long in the memory and influenced Verdi and Wagner.

Debate: What do you think of operatic edits?

14 January 2015

If the drama demands it, should passages of works be cut; or should we leave works as intended by the composer?

Andrea Chénier Musical Highlight: The Improvviso

13 January 2015

Giordano’s poet-hero’s first aria reveals his noble and idealistic nature.

Orfeo Musical Highlight: 'Possente spirto'

9 January 2015

Monteverdi shows both technical mastery and breathtaking innovation in this ravishing aria, a centrepiece of the opera.

Musical Highlight: 'Vissi d'arte' from Tosca

1 May 2014

A hypnotic moment of stillness in Puccini's operatic thriller.

Musical Highlight: The sextet ‘Riconosci in questo amplesso’ from Le nozze di Figaro

28 April 2014

We take a closer look at the glittering Act III sextet from Mozart and Da Ponte's ebullient comedy.

La traviata Musical Highlight: 'Parigi, o cara'

17 April 2014

We look at the moving final duet between Verdi's heroine Violetta and her love Alfredo.

Musical Highlight: 'Che rimiro? O stupore' from L'Ormindo

18 March 2014

We explore a very special duet from Francesco Cavalli's baroque opera.

Manon’s musical highlights: The arias of Massenet's heroine

7 January 2014

We look at a handful of the gorgeous arias composed for this charming, capricious heroine.

Women Behaving Badly: Opera's greatest femmes fatales

6 December 2013

What is it about the ‘bad girls’ of opera that we find so appealing?

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