|Translation:||What a frozen little hand|
OperaPulse’s Aria of the Week – La Bohème is arguably the most popular opera in the Puccini repertoire, so there is no coincidence that it has a number of breath taking arias. For example, listening to “Che gelida manina,” (What a frozen little hand) from Puccini’s La Bohème, will make time stand still.
In the moment before the aria, Rodolfo takes Mimi’s hand, while she frantically searches for her “lost” key, and begins to do what any good poet does – woo her with his words. Through this aria Mimi starts to fall in love with Rodolfo and we, the audience, begin to witness a beautiful, yet heartbreaking, love story.
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