Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Marriage of Figaro

I thought I might quickly share with you some truly beautiful singing. It comes from Mozart's opera, The Marriage of Figaro and is taken from the aria in the 3rd act entitled, "Duettino - Sull'aria". You might recognize it from the movie The Shawshank Redemption when Tim Robbins' character, "Andy Dufresne" plays a record of it over the loud speakers of the prison yard. Of course that version was sung by Edith Mathis and Gundula Janowitz.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa & Ileana Cotrubas


Nicholas Provenzo said...

Hands-down, opera is my favorite musical style. It presents the human voice at its most refined, most powerful, and most compelling, and it presents it in a stylized and heightened atmosphere. In my view, opera *is* musical perfection.

And that was a brilliant scene in the Shawshank Redemption. What a way to dramatize the main character's fight to regain his humanity.

Michael Caution said...

The Shawshank scene is indeed very powerful in its portrayal of men forced to live in a savage environment giving pause and reverence to the beauty of life and the good in man.

I plan on posting another opera song used in another movie as well pretty soon. So look out for that. It's also very emotional but for a different reason.