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Operatic arias. What's essential?

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I know I need to listen to the whole Opera. We do go once a year, but I'm compiling a CD as a present and wondered what you chaps would include on a list of 10 of the great romantic operatic arias (my challenge was to bring tears to the eyes of the listener without them understanding the words...I said I could, they said I won't!).

All my faves are Puccini, but what would be on your list?

thanks

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I know I need to listen to the whole Opera. We do go once a year, but I'm compiling a CD as a present and wondered what you chaps would include on a list of 10 of the great romantic operatic arias (my challenge was to bring tears to the eyes of the listener without them understanding the words...I said I could, they said I won't!).

All my faves are Puccini, but what would be on your list?

thanks

Il mio babbino caro and que gelida manina inevitably

am i allowed Vissi d'arte

[bTW do you mean romantic as in "I love you baby" or as in the period between classical and expressionist?]

But forgetting Puccini

Surely the quartet from Rigoletto

& Ella mi fu rapita

un di felice from Traviata

salut demeure chaste et pure from faust.

il mio tesoro and La ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni

Porgi Amor from Figaro

I think that gets me to ten although I couldn't say it was my final definite best shot 10.

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Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (la rondine)

Vissi Darte

Depuis le jour (less known by charpentier)

Casta Diva

Che galida manina

E Lucevan le stelle

Recondita Armonia

O soave fanciulla

Addio del passato

Care Selve

I think the key will be to hunt down the most immense recordings of them however.

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Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (la rondine)

Vissi Darte

Depuis le jour (less known by charpentier)

Casta Diva

Che galida manina

E Lucevan le stelle

Recondita Armonia

O soave fanciulla

Addio del passato

Care Selve

I think the key will be to hunt down the most immense recordings of them however.

Good set though not familiar with the charpantier one.

Here's a few more

Germonts Snr Il Provenzza.... (Traviata)

Philips Ella Giammai m'amo... Mo (Don Carlo)

Wotan's farewell (Wagner)

The willow song ..... (Otello)

Plato

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Just listening to Rigoletto now - I really love Parmi beder la lagrime and of course the magnificent quartet as has already been mentioned.

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Mozart.

Which arias specifically are "tear inducing" in your opinion?

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Mon Coeur S'ouvre A Ta Voix

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ebben ne andro lontana (La Wally) - sorry just seen this is already mentioned

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Pick up a Puccini compilation and work your way through! You can't go wrong.

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Un bel di - Madama Butterfly

Vesti la giubba - from Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci

Isolde's Liebestod from Tristan & Isolde (Wagner)

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Im a basso so..

Isis Und Osiris

Vecchia Zimarra

ella Giammai Mamo

le Veau D'or

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Vissi D'arte...... by Maria Callas :cs:

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My favourite of all time - her powers were waning, but what a voice, and phrasing!

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Which [Mozart] arias specifically are "tear inducing" in your opinion?

Morden soll ich?

Papagana! Papagana! Papagana!. :)

Ma qual mai s'offre.

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