Le più belle Arie d’opera
‘Italian opera’ is a genre in its own right that is responsible for some of the world’s most popular classical melodies. The wonderful Orchestra I Virtuosi dell’opera di Roma and a soprano, a tenor and a baritone propose to take you on a journey through the repertoire, picking out the best examples of the genre. Housed at the historic St Paul’s Within the Walls Church, the performance promises to whisk you away into a world of music, glamour and beauty.
Le più belle Arie d’opera (or “The Most Beautiful Opera Arias” in English) truly lives up to its name. The concert is a proper ‘who’s who’. In the rich programme, you can expect to hear timeless arias like ‘E lucevan le stelle’ from Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca as well as ‘Nessun dorma’ from his unforgettable Turandot, ‘La donna è mobile’ from Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, or ‘Largo al factotum’ and ‘Una voce poco fà’ from Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. No concert of famous opera excerpts would be complete without impressive duets like the famous seductive ‘Là ci darem la mano’ from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Sometimes the three singers also join forces to present signature choruses like ‘Va’ pensiero’ from Nabucco or the brindisi ‘Libiamo ne’lieti calici’ from La Traviata, both by Maestro Giuseppe Verdi. While the vocalists take short breaks, the Orchestra I Virtuosi dell’opera di Roma entertain you with exciting and beautiful instrumental passages, such as ‘Barcarola’ from The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach, the ‘Intermezzo’ from Pietro Mascagni’s Cavaleria Rusticana, or the ‘Preludio’ from Verdi’s La Traviata. Thus, Le più belle Arie d’opera is a concert that presents the immortal melodies of some of the greatest composers in the opera genre. Arias, duets, ensembles and orchestral passages blend into one unique musical experience in the heart of Rome.