Aria Frequency List: Soprano

The following list was compiled from the arias listed on audition applications of singers who were heard during this fall’s WTOC audition tour. The number in bold refers to the number of singers in this voice type who listed each aria. (This does not refer to the arias actually heard in auditions; that list will follow in December.)

Ach ich fühl’s

No word from Tom / I go to him

Deh vieni
Je dis que reien ne m’épouvante

Come scoglio
Je veux vivre
Song to the Moon (Rusalka)

Be kind and courteous
Caro nome
Depuis le jour
Oh! quante volte

Chi il bel sogno di Doretta
Du gai soleil
Embroidery aria
Je suis encor
Mir ist die Ehre (Presentation of the Rose)
Quel guardo / So anch’io
Sul fil d’un soffo etesio

Du gai soleil
Durch Zärtlichkeit
Non mi dir
Prendi per me
Regnava nel silenzio
Sì mi chiamano Mimì
Tornami a vagghegiar

Ah je ris (Jewel Song)
Dich teure Halle
Gold is a fine thing (Silver Aria)
Qui la voce

Adieu notre petite table
Dove sono
Glitter and be gay
Gluck das mir verbliebt (Marietta’s Lied)
Padre germani addio
Porgi Amor
Zerbinetta’s aria

Ah! fuggi il traditor
Amour ranime mon courage
Batti batti
Come now a roundel
Das war sehr gut
Der Hölle Rache
Donde lieta uscì
Emily’s Aria from Our Town
Fire aria
Il est doux
Kommt ein schlanker Bursch’ gegangen
Lia’s recitative and aria (Azaël)
O luce di quest’anima
Quando m’en vo
Steal me

Ah chi mi dice mai
Ah! non credea / Ah non giunge
Ain’t it a pretty night
Chacun le sait
Come per me sereno
Da tempeste
Dearest Mama
Ebben ne andro lontana
Ernani involami
I want magic
Je marche / Obéissons (Gavotte)
Nun eilt herbei
O zittre nicht
Ou va la jeune Hindoue? (Bell song)
Presentation of the Rose
S’altro che lagrime
Stridono lassù
Willow song

Bel raggio
Comme autrefois
Dis moi que je suis belle
Einsam in trüben Tagen
Endless pleasure
Es gibt ein Reich
Gothic cathedral
Have peace Jo
How beautiful it is
Je suis Titania
Joy beyond measure, mother!
Klänge der Heimat (Czàrdàs)
La maja y el ruiseñor
Lady with a Hand Mirror (Postcard from Morocco)
Les oiseaux dans la charmille
Martern aller Arten
O mio babbino caro
O wär’ ich schon
Or sai
Par le rang / Salut à la France
Se il padre perdei
Steal me sweet thief
Tu che di gel
What good would the moon be

Adele’s Audition aria
Ah fors’è lui / Sempre libera
Aria Snegurochka (Snowmaiden’s aria)
At night we dream of love (Heggie)
Bester Jüngling
Chanson du Rossignol
Che tua madre
Der kleine Taumann heiss’ich
Di cor mio
Do not utter a word
Du bist der Lenz
Ecco lorrido campo…Ma dallarido stelo divulsa
Elle a fui
Go to sleep, my dolly dear
I always carry a handmirror
I can smell the sea air
I have dreamt
I know you love me, Tom (Hotel Casablanca)
Il primo ardor
In uomini
Injurious Hermia
Io son l’umile ancella
L’altra notte
Ma quando tornerai
Marfa’s Aria (The Tsar’s Bride)
Mein Herr Marquis (Laughing song)
Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss
Merce, dilette amiche
Mi tradì
Myself I shall adore
Neghittosi or voi che fate
Non disperar
O Dieu Brahma
Ombre pallide
Partir, o ciel, desio
Pleurez mes yeux
Qual farfalletta
Ruhe sanft
Scoglio d’immota fronte
Son pochi fiori
Son vergin vezzosa
Tacea la notte / Di tale amor
Tatyana’s Letter Aria
Ten lasky sen (Bartered Bride)
This is the face….
Trahir Vincent… Mon coeur ne paut changer (Mireille)
Trees on the mountain
Un bel dì vedremo
Vissi d’arte
Vivan los que rien
Volate, amori
Welche Wonne welche Lust
Zachem zhe eti slyozy (Lisa’s First Act Aria)
Zeffiretti lusinghieri



Not one. And only one "In uomini" in the whole list. We didn't hear either one during the actual auditions.


Pleasantly surprised to see the Heggie. Not really suprised by the top couple on the list.

How much do you think this list is a function of the age and voice types of the singers who gravitate to the Wolf Trap program?


These lists certainly are indicative of the emerging artist / young artist demographic. Our Studio Artist aria list (coming soon, I promise!) better reflects the college-age demographic. And, as singers mature into heavier repertoire, they move into more late-19th-century repertoire than is indicated here. Also, because we require one aria either by Mozart, Handel, or Rossini, that skews it a little.


Not a whole lot of operetta on this list. What do you think about using the Gilbert & Sullivan scena "The hours creep on apace . . . A Simple Sailor" for an English selection? Should it be offered as a sixth "music theater" piece, or can it stand alone as an English aria? I love using this scene because it's dramatic, it uses accompanied recit, and it's got a few high notes at the end.


G&S selections can certainly stand on their own as English offerings, if well-matched to the rest of the list. We do often hear "Simple Sailor" but didn't this year. Geez, I don't think we heard a single G&S aria.

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