what are the opera songs that everyone knows? I hate to sound ignorant, but what are the opera songs that we have all heard?thank you guys, really helpful, I have an additional question since you all seem pretty knowledgeable: I’ve fallen in love with Christine’s part at the end of the song Phantom of the Opera, and while I realize it is not a real opera, I was wondering if you had any recommendations based on my infatuation with that piece?
Downloadable sheet music: Il Trovatore (Giuseppe Verdi)
I don’t know the actual titles but I would say the duet from Lakme the largo from the barber of Seville and the main song from carmen
Well, these are the songs I believe (and hope) that everybody have heard at one point or another;Nessun DormaSole MioAve MariaLa Donne é MobileCon te partiré (Time to say goodbye)Largo al FactotumTheres probably a whole lot more songs, but those should be pretty basic. It’s songs that you basically here everywhere, like in TV shows, cartoons (like Tom and Jerry), commercials and so on.
There are lots that people might have heard (con te partiro, ave maria, o sole mio are not opera at all).Some possible candidates for you list would be:La donna e mobile from RigolettoNessun dorma from TurandotThe Habanera from CarmenO mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicci
I hate to be picky, but “Con te Partiro” is not from an opera–it’s an Italian pop song. And there are hundreds of setting of “Ave Maria”–most of them also not from any operas, unless you mean the “Ave Maria” sung in Verdi’s “Otello”. “O Sole Mio” is also not from an opera–it’s a Neopolitan (Italian) folk song, but a lot of opera singers (especially the Italian ones) enjoy singing this as a popular recital number. Opera songs–or arias–need to be from an actual opera. Opera and “classical” are not interchangeable terms. And no, I don’t think you’re ignorant for asking this question, but I did want to clarify some of the answers below, so you don’t wind up ignorant because people made an honest mistake.Yes, “Nessun Dorma” is from an opera. In particular, it is an aria for tenor from the opera “Turandot” by Giacomo Puccini. It is often badly sung on television talent shows, and little blonde girl singers (don’t know why they are all blonde, but they are).This is what it’s supposed to sound like:youtube.com/watch?v=2RdJmqLrsboAnother aria you may have heard a great deal, also often badly sung, is “O Mio Babbino Caro”, also by Puccini, from the opera “Gianni Schicci”. It was written for soprano. This is what it sounds like sung by an actual opera singer.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRuYQ9KRJmsOther arias you may have heard here and there are listed below with links to opera singers actually singing them. I will throw in a couple of duets and choruses as well. Since I’m limited to 10 links, I’ll have to list a few in the “source”.”Vesti la Giubba” from “Pagliacci” by Ruggerio Leoncavalloyoutube.com/watch?v=Z0PMq4XGtZ4 Brunhilde’s Battle Cry (“Ho Yo To Yo”) from “Die Walküre” by Richard Wagneryoutube.com/watch?v=tAo_fTiZ2hY&feature=related(You can find the extended full version of this under “Ride of the Valkyries”)”Anvil Chorus” from “Il Trovatore” by Giuseppe Verdi.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yjMHCzoneuM”Galop Infernal” from “Orphée aux Enfers” (Orpheus in the Underworld) by Jacques Offenbachyoutube.com/watch?v=38lIfgWIg8o&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PLF9ED6DC130C95932His duet from “Tales of Hoffman” is listed below.”Brindisi” from “La Traviata” by Verdi.youtube.com/watch?v=NcKdnkGBSgA”La ci darem la mano” from “Don Giovanni” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozartyoutube.com/watch?v=GATj9h2vTSE”Quando m’en vo” from “La Boheme” by Puccini (“Musetta’s Waltz”)youtube.com/watch?v=zMmRetJMfOkReally, there is a lot of opera music out there.
What are your favorite opera songs? I’ve only heard a few songs but I think it’s beautiful and so mesmerizing to listen to. So much talent in the singers, and the orchestras are amazing. I’d like to hear some more of it so what songs would you suggest? Sarah Brightman and Kristin Chenoweth are my faves so far :)And definately better than listening to all the r&b stuff going around nowdays. People at school think I’m weird because I don’t like Gaga or Kesha.. :SSo anyway, suggestions? Fave singers?
It’s not you who is weird, but the rest of your peers. Hopefully, they will realize one day. Anyway, Chenoweth and Brightman aren’t opera singers. I wouldn’t even say they’re good.It will be useful to get acquainted with at least the basic vocal classification. In the following, you can also find many of the most beautiful arias and excerpts sung by some of the 20th century’s greatest singers.FEMALES:Sopranos are the most diverse Fach (voice type) of all. Opera buffs and vocal teachers love to classify them by their range, weight, agility, timbre and other criteria into great many subcategories. Perhaps the only relevant two for you are the coloratura and dramatic soprano. The first one is typically associated with a rather higher, lighter voice, yet strong enough and capable of considerable agility and dexterity, and some sustain, too.Rita Streich:/watch?v=JLW9KUlmAQ0Maria Callas/watch?v=3Jpu40Iq8WIDame Joan Sutherland/watch?v=hsgy9Wq5NmYDramatic sopranos are on the opposite spectrum of soprano Fach, their voices being much heavier, darker, lower, not capable of too much dexterity, yet of tremendous power, volume and sustain. Astrid Varnay/watch?v=rQ9fIxXmfFgDame Eva Turner/watch?v=e6SfhUzhO9EBetween coloraturas and dramatic sopranos, there are a few other types (lyric, lirico-spinto and spinto). Basically they have a little bit of both extremes.Renata Tebaldi/watch?v=TFiQo9k7-1AVictoria de los Ángeles/watch?v=tV5VrIC1Ik4Montserrat Caballé/watch?v=-glPh3iYevM&feature=relatedMezzo-sopranos are, if at all, classified into lyric (also called coloratura) and dramatic. The former have the characteristics of coloratura sopranos (agility, dexterity, virtuosity etc.) but applied to a lower, warmer voice. Marilyn Horne/watch?v=If7II3ksnbEThe latter are sometimes considered a subcategory of dramatic sopranos, but their voices have a much darker timbre. Giulietta Simionato/watch?v=ItRfkcSCLGoGrace Bumbry/watch?v=Qs0E2CufQ7cContraltos are the lowest females voice and f’cking rare. Maureen Forrester/watch?v=VncZznq-b90MALES:Tenors, like sopranos, are victims of the classification-obsessed.(tenore di grazia, tenore lirico, spinto, drammatico, buffo, Spieltenor, Heldentenor blablabla). If any classification could be useful, then perhaps into light, lyric, spinto and dramatic tenors.Light tenors are a male equivalent to coloratura soprano. They rule the operas of Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini and Mozart. Luigi Alva/watch?v=4ymPaEDDP9IFerruccio Tagliavini/watch?v=fEGv2oN_B0oAlfredo Kraus/watch?v=ACmH2Jyp6Rk&feature=relatedLyric tenors possess a warm, graceful voice with a bright, full timbre that is strong but not heavy and can be heard over an orchestra.Giuseppe Di Stefano/watch?v=LXjDHcymTAQJan Peerce/watch?v=qSB6vi_t7Jo&feature=relatedLuciano Pavarotti/watch?v=4rawUGV-GB8Spinto tenors are darker, more powerful and capable of sustaining notes for longer periods of time than lyric and light tenors. Jussi Björling/watch?v=K_1Ry44K-MMRichard Tucker/watch?v=WS4gZEaNGJAGiacomo Lauri-Volpi/watch?v=iTbB-MTf8_gFranco Corelli/watch?v=EIVbZtwRqIMCarlo Bergonzi/watch?v=rOSyxpJ9D9UDramatic tenors are those with an emotive, ringing and very powerful, clarion, heroic tenor sound.Mario Del Monaco/watch?v=otNeSiaAKe0Ramón Vinay/watch?v=baQ97h5fO34Franco Bonisolli/watch?v=icz2PpEuISsBaritones are the most common male voice. A voice that is darker, richer and fuller, and sometimes harsher, than that of a tenor. And of course, lower. Leonard Warren/watch?v=qfEE3Be8ub0Ettore Bastianini/watch?v=M_TkCNmIBMIDietrich Fischer-Dieskau/watch?v=VGzEPxuwHx0Basses are the lowest, darkest, heaviest of all Fachs and the best basses have always been produced in Russia. No contest!Alexander Pirogov/watch?v=vQyJep11GbYMark Reizen/watch?v=K27nq0aDdJsMaxim Mikhaylov/watch?v=SGyxrdQQi5QI think Verdi’s Il trovatore, La traviata, Aida and Rigoletto and Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Parsifal, and Der Ring des Nibelungen are great places to start.NOTE: Add before each suffix youtube.com so you’ll get something like youtube.com/watch?v=rOSyxpJ9D9UAnyway, this is a great blog to follow:greatoperasingers.blogspot.com/
Usually a solo in an opera is called an “aria”. (It can be quite a bit more complex than that, actually, but that’s a start!)Some of my favorites are:Puccini- La boheme “Che gelida manina”Verdi- Il Trovatore “Di quella pira”Puccini- Turandot “Nessun Dorma”Those are all for tenor. There are so many to choose from!