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Entries from Thursday, March 7. 2013

Spotlight on female arias

Thursday, March 7. 2013

Inspired by the 30-Day Opera Challenge done by Austin Lyric Opera, the staff at the Edmonton Opera have taken on their own 30-day challenge. Each week, we'll post answers from staff members about various aspects of opera, whether it's their favourite aria, an opera house they'd like to visit or their opinion on a genre. We welcome comments about your own take on the question, either on the blog or via social media.

What is your favourite female aria, and why?

Jelena Bojic, director of community relations: Vissi d'Arte from Tosca, simply because it's beautiful and very emotional, sung by someone who "lived for art and love."

Michael Spassov, artistic administrator and chorusmaster: Non monsieur mon mari from Les mamelles de Tiresias by Poulenc. 

Cameron MacRae, creative manager: I can't choose just one! A few of my favourites include Ah! Je veux vivre dans ce reve, from Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, Sempre libera from Verdi's La Traviata, and Conduisez-moi vers celui que j'adore from Offenbach's Robinson Crusoe.

It's always interesting when lots of people choose the same piece or composer for their answer, but equally as interesting when there is a variety of responses. Some of the (last-minute) social media responses we got included Caro Nome (Rigoletto), the Flower Duet (Lakme) and Ebben? Ne andro lontana (La Wally). 

Edited: Thanks to everyone who wants to share their favourite female arias with us; it's pretty cool to see the responses we get when we post these questions. More opinions included D'Oreste d'Ajace from Idomeneo and Mi chiamano Mimi from La bohème.