The Furkids team were very excited by the wonderful response to their first opera-themed episode last week, so much so, they decided to follow up with an operatic duet.
The aria chosen by the furkids is “Barcarolle” from The Tales of Hoffmann, the last and greatest opera by Jacques Offenbach. The origin of the barcarolle is the Italian barcarola (from barca meaning ‘boat’), a traditional folk song sung by Venetian gondoliers. The popularity of the ballads influenced composers to write their own barcarolles.
In this recording, the duet is sung in French by Russian operatic soprano Anna Netrebko and Latvian operatic lyric mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča.
The orchestral introduction is almost a minute long so I recommend watching the video while they play. When Elīna begins to sing, that will be your queue to begin scrolling through the illustrated lyrics as you sing along to the furkids’ best English translation. Enjoy!
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