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    I have to agree with the person who posted this when they said "this is one of the most moving arias ever recorded".

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7h_L...e=channel_page

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    I recently heard (and saw) a university production of Dido and Aeneas, Britain's oldest opera from possibly Britain's greatest composer. I know it's a bit unfaithful seeing this as my name and display picture would suggest I'd more readily defend the big E, but I must consider their output in terms of where their music occured in history.

    Anyway, the aria "When I am laid" (despite being hillarious if heard a certain way) is so emotionally charged it's a wonder to me that a person back then could concieve such a romantically painful aria. This ranks high in my shortlist of favs which include "One fine day" and the Queen of the Night aria. There are also some stunningly chromatic arias in Handel's Messiah.
    When all the paint has been dried, when all the stone has been carved, music shall remain, and we shall work with what remains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Elgar View Post
    I'd more readily defend the big E
    It just so happens I have this saved in my YouTube favourites....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnB1cxgZifQ

    And I very much doubt there has ever been a better version of this than Deanna's

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aAuxoWjpVg

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    Crikey, how to choose? It's an overwhelming prospect.

    Straight off, for starters, how about this one, "Ebben? Ne andrò lontana" from Catalani's La Wally, sung by Angela Gheorghiu. (This youtube isn't too good, alas).

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    But then, oh my goodness, of course there is this - 'D'amour l'ardente flamme' from Berlioz's Damnation of Faust. And this performance of it by Vesselina Kasarova is one of the finest things I've ever seen and heard. At about 5.00 the emotional roof blows off, after looking pretty insecure for some time, it must be said. (This is one of the few classical music DVDs I owned before jhar26 opened my eyes to what else was out there.)

    Unfortunately this youtube has the aspect ratio all wrong, which drives me nuts; and the ending is chopped.

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    I was really quite excited to have come across this truely remarkable performance on YouTube. When picking my top five "Greatest Female Voices Ever" I placed Ada Sari at number 4 and I still stand by that.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zi-D3YHvBQ
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    At the end of Act 1 of Handel's Alcina comes one of the most breathtaking Baroque arias I've heard, and here it is, sung by the incomparable Natalie Dessay:

    Tornami a vagheggiar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elgarian View Post
    At the end of Act 1 of Handel's Alcina comes one of the most breathtaking Baroque arias I've heard, and here it is, sung by the incomparable Natalie Dessay:

    Tornami a vagheggiar
    Do you have her Album the Handel Italian Cantatas? Well worth picking up if you don't....

    I loved this clip that I found a while back http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt_sKT-nlE0 you just get the sense that she's really having fun with the piece...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gneiss View Post
    Do you have her Album the Handel Italian Cantatas? Well worth picking up if you don't...
    No - I have the complete Alcina (the Fleming/Graham/Dessay/Jacobs version) - but I can easily believe that the Italian Cantatas collection will be impressive.

    Meanwhile, here's another superb gem: I've posted it before, but it's worth posting many times: Patricia Petibon singing the Queen of Night's aria.

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    For soprano, I'd say "depuis le jour" from Norma, for sheer beauty. Leontyne Price.

    Dramatic soprano aria? Perhaps "Der Holle Rache".

    As a baritone, my own "money" aria is "Alla vita" from Masked Ball. When I'm in good voice I can really crank out that final "G"! It's a very good, powerful, and fairly brief baritone aria -- a good one to learn.

    Right now I'm learning Mozart's concert aria "Io ti lascio", a very sweet tune, mostly soft with lots of room to display emotion. Bryn Terfel does a terrific job of this aria on his album "Tutto Mozart"

    Just thinking about it sets my head buzzing -- there are so many great arias to choose from!

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    Thanks for the Petibon video! Throb throb throb....
    I guess Marios Aria from the 3rd act of Tosca is my no.1 though.

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    Indeed Purcell's 'Dido's Lament' might be my all-time favourite, although I have to emphasize, I've never heard a whole Italian opera in my life. That said, 'Il dolce suono' from Lucia is beautiful.

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    Here's Lascia ch'io pianga, from Handel's Rinaldo. Magdalena Kozena's searingngly emotional version (with a rather odd video). Tears me to pieces: Lascia ch'io pianga

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elgarian View Post
    Here's Lascia ch'io pianga, from Handel's Rinaldo. Magdalena Kozena's searingngly emotional version (with a rather odd video). Tears me to pieces: Lascia ch'io pianga
    Oh yeah, that's a fine air, I have it on CD sung by Renée Fleming. This is a bit better, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katdad View Post
    For soprano, I'd say "depuis le jour" from Norma, for sheer beauty. Leontyne Price.
    Sorry I'm easily confused, but did you mean this from Louise? If not I don't know it at all....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YX6Xt95qaOQ

    PS. I know Anna isn't everyones cup of tea, but I like her

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