Aria Nerdery: Sopranos & Baritones

New Aria Options

First installment of rare* arias offered during the fall 2015 audition tour. Here we go:
(*Rare is relative. Aria fads come and go.)


  • “And this will be my epitaph” from Barber’s A Hand of Bridge
    Nice English aria option. Shows more dramatic range than Bob or Horace Tabor. Not quite as thorny as something like Doctor Atomic. About 3 minutes. Used to be sung a lot; has relatively disappeared in the last 10 years.
  • “Tirannia gli diedi il regno” from Handel’s Rodelinda
    Short (2.5 minutes), fast, shows that the voice moves without getting extreme about it. Range is fairly limited.
  • Gryaznoy’s Aria from Rimsky-Korakov’s Tsar’s Bride
    A heart-felt solid lyric Russian sing for you gentlemen who are looking for an option other than Onegin or Yeletsky. About 5 min.
  • “A quoi bon l’économie” from Massenet’s Manon
    I’m a huge fan of Lescaut’s aria. Not as iconic as Valentin, or as broad as Hamlet. 3.5 minutes, encompassing both lyricism and allegro.


  • “Che fiero momento” from Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice
    About 3.5 minutes. Light lyric/soubrette territory. Encompasses accompanied recit, long lines and allegro. Packs a lot into a small format.
  • “O toi qui prolongeas mes jours” from Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride
    More Gluck. This is for a more substantial lyric instrument. Very long lines, expansive, luxurious. ~3.5 minutes.
  • Die Wiener Herrn (Fiakermilli’s very short aria) from Strauss’s Arabella
    In a situation where you get to sing more than one aria, this is a good non-Zerbinetta option for you high-flying coloraturas. Used to be really in fashion, but has disappeared. I’m a fan of bringing it back.

One Comment

Grace Jones

hmmm, I see a theme of French opera here. can I hope you’re getting ideas for the summer?

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