Aria Code

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The magic of opera revealed, one aria at a time.

  • Massenet's Werther: You've Got Mail!

    Jan 30, 2019
    A picture may paint a thousand words, but nothing compares to the intimacy and immediacy of a handwritten letter. Hearing the "Letter Aria" from Jules Massenet's Werther will prove it.
  • Verdi's Rigoletto: First Love, Wrong Love

    Jan 16, 2019
    You’ve probably been there: in love for the first time and enchanted by the very sound of your sweetheart’s name. The problem for Gilda is that her new love isn’t who he says he is.
  • Saint-Saëns’s Dalila: She's a Femme Fatale

    Jan 2, 2019
    She seduces, she traps, she destroys. She's a femme fatale and her signature aria is the dangerously alluring “Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix” from Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns.
  • Puccini's Tosca: I Offered Songs to the Stars

    Dec 26, 2018
    When things go from bad to worse for Tosca, Puccini’s tragic heroine, she turns inward and prays. “I lived for art,” she tells God, “I lived for love.” What did I do to deserve all this?