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Aria: The Fat Lady Sings?

Posted on: March 18, 2011

The colors in the Symphony line of Cellular Window Shades predominantly are named for musical terms, people and operas. So I want to start an assessment of their various color names with one of the most basic words in operatic language: the ARIA.

In Symphony-speak, ARIA is a LIGHT BEIGE color in the double-cell, light-filtering line of fabrics:

To those of us who love opera, an aria (Italian, for ‘air’) is a singer’s moment to shine. Their character literally holds center stage! Audience members go wild for certain arias — Luciano Pavarotti made Nessun dorma (None shall sleep), from the Puccini opera Turandot into an ovation, even though the music keeps on going without break.

Wikipedia has an interesting array of arias in recorded snippets: O mio babbino caro (Puccini again, this time Gianni Schicchi) sung by Frances Alda (1919); the famous Emmy Destinn in a 1914 recording of Vissi d’arte (Puccini’s Tosca). The most celebrated singer of all time, Enrico Caruso has two recordings here for listening: Le donna è mobile and Vesti la giubba — undoubtedly the aria most associated with Caruso, from the opera I Pagliacci.

These arias, and more, can be found at:

Enrico Caruso

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