Welcome to day 1 of the Blogging from A to Z challenge! I’m excited to be part of this project for the first time.
As I planned my posts for the month, I realized that I spent so much time studying the Opèra Garnier, Paris, London, and New Orleans (which built an opera house before it built a sewer system) that I learned quite a bit about opera itself in the process. So, it seemed natural that my first post should be about that musical form.
An aria is a melodic piece, in which notes are sung in a sustained fashion. Another type of song is recitative, in which the pace is more like the spoken word. Arias are written for all ranges of voice, from dramatic soprano to basso profundo.
Today, I would like to share two of my favorite arias with you. Please enjoy Dame Kiri te Kanawa’s performance of “Un Bel Di,” from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and Mario Lanza’s “La Donna e Mobile,” from Verdi’s Rigoletto.