We love singers here at JACOPERA and we love traditional, golden era singers. The pick this week is Teresa Berganza’s “O del mio dolce ardor” from Christoph Willibald Gluck’s little-known opera, “Paride ed Elena”. The aria is also listed in Schirmer’s Library Of Musical Classics of Twenty-Four Italian Songs And Arias Of The 17th And 18th Centuries. A book that most every classical singer would have opened around the time of their first voice lesson. This particular song holds special meaning for those learning and it has a simple quality in the vocal line that draws you in to want to know more. “Oh, desired object of my sweet ardor, the air which you breathe, at last I breathe.” While listening take a look at the sky, think of what you love most, and where it takes you.
With a modern twist: A love note was passed in class prior to Valentine’s’ Day, however, the intended note was not for the one reading, but for the one it was passed to… you cry to your mother and she says, honey, you can’t hurry love.
Ah young love, or any love for that matter, always longs for more.