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Okay, opera nuts, what female opera solo is this?

Asked by troubleinharlem (7966 points ) February 1st, 2012

It has been stuck in my head all day long, and it’s only two stanzas or so, and it’s killing me. I thought that it was “O Mio Babbino Caro” by Puccini, but after hearing it I have determined that it is just the same key.

I know that this isn’t much to go on, but I know the notes in one of the parts. I feel like it’s more of a modern piece, and it may not even be opera. It just has that feel to it.

Anyway! The notes are “A G# E, A G# E C# E”.

oh, and I’ve missed you guys. it’s been a long time.

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HungryGuy's avatar

Is it the Turret Opera:

Cara, bel, cara mia, (Dear, beautiful, my dear,)
bella bambina, (beautiful child,)
oh Chell, (Chell oh,)
que lastima, (that’s too bad,)
que lastima, (that’s too bad,)
deh! Cara mia, (well, My dear,)
addio. (Goodbye)

Mia bambina, (My Baby)
cara, (dear,)
perchè non passi (why don’t you stay)
lontana, deh (far, ah)
sì lontana (so far)
da scienza? (from science?)

Cara, cara (Baby, baby)
mia bambina, (my child,)
ah mia bel, (ah my beautiful,)
ah mia cara,(ah my dear,)
la mia cara, (my dear,)
la mia bamina, (my child,)
oh cara, (my dear,)
cara mia… (my dear…)

troubleinharlem's avatar

@HungryGuy : No, that’s much too fast. But thank you for trying to help!

HungryGuy's avatar

@troubleinharlem – Sorry. The Turret Opera is one of my favorite songs, and when I read your question, the lyrics you gave sure sounded familiar…

trailsillustrated's avatar

It is Gianni Schizzchi Giocomo , Puccini and the soloist is Kiri TeKenawa. oops read the question wrong sorry

Jeruba's avatar

Sorry, I can’t do it from reading the notes, and I’m away from home; no piano here. Do you have any way to play and upload the melody?

troubleinharlem's avatar

@Jeruba : Well, I found a virtual piano here, so maybe that would work?

DominicX's avatar

I know the tune…I don’t know the name…I have failed :(

troubleinharlem's avatar

@DominicX : Maybe it’ll come to you! Do you know more of the tune, or is it just that?

Jeruba's avatar

Fabulous!!! Bookmarked. I was trying to find such a thing but didn’t use the right search terms.

However, I don’t recognize it, and I don’t think I would even if I knew the relative lengths of the notes, the emphasis, and any pauses. If it’s a show tune or a pop tune, I definitely won’t know it.

@Dom, do you think it’s operatic?

DominicX's avatar

It is sung in an operatic style, at least, I have heard it that way. A friend of mine in high school sang it in a sort of talent show situation (in my math class). She was really good and sang it well operatically. Oh I knew it at one point…

troubleinharlem's avatar

@DominicX : I wonder if she would remember it if you asked her… there’s a small chance. I know that it’s operatic, but I don’t know if it’s actually in an opera or if it’s just a classical solo piece.

DominicX's avatar

Wait, I got it.

“Con te partirò” a.k.a. Time to Say Goodbye by Francesco Sartori.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wdx5nGphnAI

Except it appears to be in G, but that’s right, right?

MollyMcGuire's avatar

@DominicX That piece does in fact have the phrase. I was thinking it was a show tune, but not.

Jeruba's avatar

No chance I could have got that. My compliments, @DominicX. I wouldn’t call it classical, though, would you?

zigmund's avatar

Ugh. I hate that song.

DominicX's avatar

@Jeruba I think of it as closer to “popsical”, like Rondo Veneziano :P

troubleinharlem's avatar

@DominicX: Thank you so so so so much for freeing my mind!
@zigmund: Great to know.

marmoset's avatar

Popsical! Fantastic. DominicX, did you come up with that word or hear it somewhere?

DominicX's avatar

Well, I’ve never heard anyone say it, but I think it’s a perfectly cromulent term ;)

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