Today we’re listening to…“Voi che sapete” a mezzo-soprano aria from Act II of Le Nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro in English) is a comic opera – light and humourous with a happy ending. Ceceila Bartoli is singing the role of Cherubino (kehr-oo-BEAN-oh) here, and while she makes it sound effortless, this is one of those Mozart arias that seems simple from the outside, but require a lot when it comes to the details. You can like or dislike Bartoli’s timbre or quality of her voice (or the sometimes distracting facial expressions she makes while singing), but there is no denying that she has a gift. Her voice is rich, dark, and super-expressive.
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