One aria. A multitude of legendary performances. And every week, another aria.
OperaPulse’s Aria of the Week was created in order to entertain and educate new and long-time opera lovers. Each week we showcase an aria from the standard operatic repertoire to re/introduce you to one of the greatest hits in opera. We will try and line up as many live performances from a number of singers so that you may compare voices, encounter interpretations or just relax and listen to the amazing singers. Check out the Archive Page for a complete list of the arias featured.
There are a few examples below – Click on the title of an aria to find the line-up of singers.
Un bel di vedremo (One beautiful day, we will see), from Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, is one of the most breath-taking arias in the whole operatic repertoire. Butterfly is sure that Pinkerton, her American husband, will return and she sings of the day of his return. The aria is Puccini at his best – with syncopated rhythms representing Butterfly’s longing for Pinkerton, a beautiful melody, and a high ‘B’ flat at the end – very little compares to this dramatic aria.
There is something enthralling about listening to a tenor sing a high ‘C’ and it’s even better when you get to hear more than one! In Si, ritrovarla io giuro (Yes, I swear I will find you) from Rossini’s La Cenerentola you get to hear just that. Don Ramiro, the Prince, has just learned that Cenerentola (Cinderella) will be his bride, if he can find her. In the aria, he declares that love will guide him to Cenerentola and they will never part again.
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