Today we’re listening to…“Ave Maria, piena di grazia” a soprano aria from Act 4 of the Italian opera, Otello by Giuseppe Verdi. Leontyne Price is singing the role of Desdemona (dez-DAY-moe-nah). Given her smoky, luminous and sensuously tender sound I can’t help but fall in love with this aria every time I hear it. The piece is hauntingly beautiful and that is in no small part due to the genius of Verdi. He composed some of the greatest music ever written. Any Verdi opera, even his lesser known works, is one long stream of endless melody after another.
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