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November 14, 2008 Placido Domingo sings the key scene from one of the first great tenor roles ever composed — Bajazet, in Handel's Tamerlano. Bajazet's death is among the most dramatic solo scenes in all of Baroque opera.
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March 7, 2008 Orfeo reacts to the news that his wife, Euridice, has died of a poisonous snakebite, in the aria "Tu se' morte, mia vita, ed io respiro?" — "You are dead, my life, yet I still breathe?"
September 4, 2007 It woud be difficult for a single tune from Madame Butterfly to be more popular than the opera itself, but there's one that comes close: Cio-cio-San's poignant aria, "Un bel di" — "One fine day."
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September 21, 2007 At a crucial moment in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Lauretta sings "O mio babbino caro," a tender appeal to Schicchi, her father, to assist her boyfriend's greedy family, so the two of them can finally marry. Amanda Squitieri sings it at the Washington National Opera.
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November 23, 2007 In the moving aria "O patria mia," the title character in Verdi's Aida, an Ethiopian princess held captive in Egypt, longs for her homeland and fears that she'll never see it again.
November 16, 2007 In La Cenerentola, Rossini's take on the familiar story of Cinderella, the title character forgives her abusive family and rejoices at her own good fortune, in the aria "Non piu mesta" — "No longer sad."
November 2, 2007 In Don Giovanni, the title character's manservant, Leporello, bluntly describes his boss's prodigious love life to Elvira, one of Giovanni's recent conquests, in the frank but witty "Catalog Aria."
August 3, 2007 Rossini's "Largo al factotum " — sometimes called "The Figaro Aria" — is the boastfully buoyant number sung by Figaro to explain exactly why he's the most famous barber in Seville.
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