We continue our blog series on Donizetti with a collection of mezzo / contralto arias, hand-curated by Fach and most with listening links, available on IPA Source.
The collections in this post have been hand-selected and grouped by IPA Source Founder & Principal Author, Bard Suverkrop.
The Italian composer, Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti (Gaetano Donizetti), born November 29, 1797, was a leading composer of the bel canto opera style during the first half of the nineteenth century, along Gioachino Rossini and Vincenzo Bellini. It is thought that Donizetti’s close association with the bel canto style influenced other composers such as Giuseppe Verdi.
IPA Source has arias for 21 of Donizetti’s operas. Additionally, IPA Source has dozens of Donizetti art songs. In total, there are 121 Gaetano Donizetti texts on IPA Source.
Arias for mezzo / contralto voice – by Fach
Serious Mezzo / Contralto
Ô mon Fernand, Léonor’s aria from the opera La favorite
Per questa fiamma indomita, Giovanna’s aria from the opera Anna Bolena
Ah! parea che per incanto, Giovanna’s aria from the opera Anna Bolena
Deh! non voler costringere, Giovanna’s aria from the opera Anna Bolena
Ella di me sollecita, Giovanna’s aria from the opera Anna Bolena
All’afflitto è dolce il pianto, Sara’s aria from the opera Roberto Devereux
Io morrò! Suonata è l’ora, Giovanna Gray’s aria from the opera Giovanna Gray
Il segreto per esser felici, Orsini’s aria from the opera Lucrezia Borgia
Nella fatal di Rimini, Orsini’s aria from the opera Lucrezia Borgia
Cari luoghi ov’io passai, Pierotto’s aria from the opera Linda di Chamounix
Son leggiero, è ver, d’amore, Gondì’s aria from the opera Maria di Rohan
Per non istare in ozio, Gondì’s aria from the opera Maria di Rohan
Comic Mezzo / Contralto
Pour une femme de mon nom, Marquise’s aria from the opera La fille du regiment
Read our first post in this blog series, which contains selected soprano texts, here.
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