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    Default Most beautiful soprano aria?

    There are any number of great soprano arias. There are stirring ones (Der Holle Rache, etc) and lyrical ones (Cara Nome, Dove Sono, etc) but I think the most beautiful, most lyrical of all is "Depuis le Jour" from Louise by Charpentier. It's a simple text, too, a woman remembering her first embrace, first kiss, first love.

    Youtube has several good versions but my faves are 2 from Renee Fleming (one concert, one the Met) and 1 from Anna Moffo (a TV concert).

    I don't think there is a more lovely aria for soprano than Depuis le Jour. Your comments or fave lyrical soprano aria?
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    The card song, from Carmen. Absolutely nonpareil.

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    Donna Anna's aria, "Non mi dir," from Don Giovanni. Here's Gundula Janowitz:


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    For me it is the aria to Mozart's Zaide.

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    Vien, diletto, è in ciel la luna from I Puritani. Those all'amores are so heady!

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    Although it has not a traditional aria form, this ending for a soprano is so marvellous...

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    Quote Originally Posted by guythegreg View Post
    The card song, from Carmen. Absolutely nonpareil.
    Technically, that's a mezzo aria. I wouldn't nitpick except those poor mezzos get precious few "front and center" arias, and I feel the need to defend their territory.

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    Dove Sono from Figaro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavaradossi View Post
    Technically, that's a mezzo aria. I wouldn't nitpick except those poor mezzos get precious few "front and center" arias, and I feel the need to defend their territory.
    No,"Carmen" can be sung by sopranos or mezzos.
    Fools talk because they have to say something, wise men talk because they have something to say.

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    I think that 'Son giunta!Madre pietosa.' 'La Vergine degli angeli' from act2 of "La Forza del Destino" (Verdi) is the most beautiful passage from opera.
    Fools talk because they have to say something, wise men talk because they have something to say.

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    All these arias are gorgeous, to be sure. It's fun to share our thoughts in this manner, eh?

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    After having just listened to "Ah! non credea mirarti" from La sonnambula, I think it is one of the most beautiful and delicate arias for soprano. It flooded my eyes with tears. And then, the explosion of joy with "Ah, non giunge..." fabulous scene!
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    Quote Originally Posted by moody View Post
    No,"Carmen" can be sung by sopranos or mezzos.
    I suppose some accomplished (or wreckless) sopranos might take on Carmen, but I don't think anyone considers it a soprano part.

    As far as soprano arias, the "whole package" aria for me is mi chiamano Mimi. Who wouldn't fall in love with Mimi after that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by katdad View Post
    "Depuis le Jour" from Louise by Charpentier.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlvQNZJaqQ0

    Absolutely marvellous!!!

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    No Strauss, guys? Really? Really?


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