No one guessed the answer to ‘What is my favourite operatic aria?’ I honestly don’t blame anyone for the less than enthusiastic response because opera is pretty obscure and my clues weren’t exactly great. So for Round Two of my giveaway, I’ll be asking two questions and there will be two winners!
For those of you that are curious, my favourite aria is ‘Una Furtiva Lagrima’ from L’elisir D’amore by Donizetti. It’s both heartbreaking and hopeful and is probably the saddest part of the entire opera. Especially when it’s sung by The King himself, Luciano Pavarotti.
This isn’t a great recording, but the sheer power and raw emotion of Pavarotti’s voice shines through. For those of you that don’t speak Italian, here’s a link to the English translation. It’s a rough translation and the lyrics are much more beautiful in the original Italian, but you get the basic idea. Even if you aren’t a huge opera fan, this is one heck of a beautiful song sung by the greatest tenor of the modern era.