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HeyHomie 03-25-2020 12:56 PM

Identify This Opera Song From A Vague Description
I've got a snippet of opera currently digging through my ears as an earworm. Don't know how it got there, but I need to get rid of it.

It's a mournful dirge, sung by a tenor. If he performs it correctly, the audience can hear the performer's heart being ripped out as he sings.

I only know two bars of it.

First bar, two long syllables. Second bar, short syllable, second long syllable heavily emphasized, third long syllable.

Laaaaa, laaaaaa,
la LAAAAAAA laaaa....

It was in a commercial from a decade or so ago. A man was listening to it on his record player and was wailing mournfully at the song.

Does this ring a bell for anyone?

K364 03-25-2020 01:21 PM

Vesti La Giubba

here, starting at the 59 second mark

HeyHomie 03-25-2020 01:27 PM

That's it! Thanks a million!

panache45 03-26-2020 03:10 AM

And BTW, an "opera song" is called an aria.

PatrickLondon 03-26-2020 06:09 AM


Originally Posted by K364 (Post 22210142)
Vesti La Giubba

Well spotted! Traditionally translated as "On with the motley, the paint and the powder": Canio the clown has to go out and make the crowd laugh even as he's realised his wife is off with another man. If memory serves, the recording by Caruso was one of the first worldwide hits for a gramophone record.

ftg 03-26-2020 07:12 AM


Originally Posted by panache45 (Post 22211396)
And BTW, an "opera song" is called an aria.

Only if it's a featured solo. More than one voice or just a quick bit aren't arias. The rest are duets, trios, choruses, etc. In many cases, if an opera has many solos one of them gets singled out as "the" aria. So if someone refers to "the aria" of Madam Butterfly, then it's just the most famous aria they are talking about. That confuses things sometimes.

hogarth 03-27-2020 09:40 AM

Invest in a tuba, and something or other 'bout Cuba.

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