Here is the full list of songs from the book. I may start posting some other favorites in the comment section. So many beautiful ones to choose from! If only my younger self could see this! 🙈

Alma Del Core

Amarilli, Mia Bella

Caro Mio Ben

Che Fiero Costume

Comme Raggio Di Sol

Danza, Danza, Fanciulla Gentile

Gia Il Sole Dal Gange

Il Mio Bel Foco

Lasciatemi Morire

Le Violette

Nel Cor Piu Non Sento


Non Posso Disperar

O Cessate Di Piagarmi

O Del Mio Dolce Ardor

Per La Gloria D'Adorarvi

Pieta, Signore

Pur Dicesti, O Bocca Bella

Se Florindo E Fedele

Se Tu M'ami

Sebben, Crudele

Tu Lo Sai

Vergin, Tutto Amor

Vittoria, Mio Co

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Nov 21, 2021Liked by Opera Daily

When I first started reading your comments about the "yellow book," I groaned to myself, "This sounds like another example like 'The Art of the Fugue.' " Bach's voluminous works on the fugue are characterized as superb examples of great composing, surely require great virtuosity, and are also boring as hell. So, I had very low expectations while I listened to your yellow book examples, and I was surprised and delighted to hear them. Of course, the singers you chose could make singing a telephone book sound wonderful - if there still were telephone books.

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Another favorite shared by a reader this morning: Teresa Berganza singing Le violette from Scarlatti's opera "Pirro e Demetrio" (1694)


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Pavarotti recorded Beethovens' In Questo Tomba Oscuro which is unforgettable and deeply moving that students could sing as well.

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Nov 21, 2021Liked by Opera Daily

Sadly, many voice teachers (mine included) do not tell their students that some of the works in the 24 Italian Songs and Arias come from actual operas of the 17th century. That is, the arias are part of an opera & that they fit within a larger narrative work with characters, emotions, etc. The great singers who still sing these songs and arias learn/know this and they bring all their craft to them. Pavarotti was one who performed these arias in recital. A great example is a recital one can fine on YouTube at the Brooklyn Academy of Music early in his career (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPJisqcDgDg&list=PLNvlNmiC23ap6MZGghkDvFeZqwLE37rVM) and on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Luciano-Pavarotti-Recital-York-1973/dp/B0000019VI). In this recital the first THREE works are from the 24! A fascating glimpse of what these Song and Arias can become when approached with the right perspective. I wish that EVERY voice teacher would impress on their students their absolute seriousness as works of art (as they certainly were when they were written in the 17th century). I'll never forget hearing Pavarotti sing "Caro mio ben"!! What a revelation after having heard so many frestman voice students sing it (or attempt to sing it). Give those YouTube vidoes some time; you'll not regret it (only caveat is that the recording is by an audience member, I think, so that quality is lacking, but the sincerity of the performers is obvious).

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