Ruggiero’s wacky arias
I have a special place in my heart for Sta nell’Ircana due to the lyrics which might have made perfect sense in simile-loving 1735 but for someone born 243 years later they sound properly wacked out in the context of the opera.
But! Ever think of how good the aria about the blood-thirsty yet cub-loving tigress can sound on the piano? Well, think no further:
Madness! – of the good kind. And the singing ain’t bad either (she’s coping amazingly well with the Roadrunner tempo).
Speaking of bravura arias, is Di te mi rido a bravura aria? I’m not sure what it is but I like that Ruggiero gets sarcastic when annoyed. Check out this hilarious performance by Teresa Berganza:
I’ve never been much of a fan (for whatever reason) but did she nail that or what? I love it when Ruggiero just whirls away. Not very manly but he’s in a silly mood which isn’t always easy to convey.