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Articles tagged with "aria"

Così fan tutte musical highlight: ‘Come scoglio’

30 September 2016

Our one-stop guide to Mozart’s exquisitely written aria, both an insight into and a commentary on the character Fiordiligi.

Werther Musical Highlight: Charlotte’s ‘Air des lettres’

17 June 2016

In one of the opera's most heart-wrenching moments, Massenet gives us a crucial insight into his heroine’s tortured soul, as she reflects on a love that can never be.

Tannhäuser Musical Highlight: ‘O du, mein holder Abendstern’

18 April 2016

Wagner and Verdi were rivals in many ways, but the Italianate flourishes of Wolfram’s Hymn to the Evening Star reveals a begrudging mutual influence.

L’Étoile Musical Highlight: ‘Ô petite étoile’

22 January 2016

Chabrier’s wonderful song of youthful dreaming makes history's neglect of the composer all the more surprising.

La traviata musical highlight: ‘Ah fors’è lui’ / ‘Sempre libera’

8 January 2016

Violetta may hide her true feelings with a life of parties and excess, but Verdi's first aria for her reveals her desperate longing for love.

Pagliacci Musical Highlight: ‘Vesti la giubba’

27 November 2015

In this short aria – famously the first million-selling record in history – Leoncavallo tracks his central character’s descent into despair.

Carmen Musical Highlight: Don José’s Flower Song

30 September 2015

Don José’s only aria is a brilliant portrayal of masochistic devotion.

Le nozze di Figaro Musical Highlight: ‘Dove sono i bei momenti’

14 September 2015

Mozart showcases his immense skill in depicting complex characters with this exquisite aria depicting Countess Almaviva’s inner torment.

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?

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