Wednesday Music: An Aria From Mozart’s ‘The Marriage Of Figaro’

Today we have more Mozart for Wednesday Music, but it’s different than what I usually post. It’s another vocal piece, and if you don’t like opera, never fear. This piece isn’t your usual opera piece. It’s a short aria and it’s very beautiful. Here’s a bit about it.

  • The full name of this aria is “Sull’aria…che soave zeffiretto” which means: “On the breeze… what a gentle little Zephyr.” It makes sense within the context of the opera, if I remember correctly. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Figaro!
  • It is a duettino, or short duet, for two sopranos: the characters Countess Almaviva and her maid, Susanna. It’s scored for an oboe, bassoon, and strings.
  • If you’ve seen the movie The Shawshank Redemption, you’ve probably heard this piece. I won’t spoil the plot by telling you the context… but it’s definitely worth watching.

In my opinion, the two sopranos really make or break this piece. I’ve chosen a video with two of my favorites singing: Kiri Te Kanawa and Ileana Cotrubaș. Enjoy!

Or click here to see on YouTube.