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Ombra mai fu

Opera details:

Opera title:

Xerxes

Composer:

Georg Handel

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Xerxes Synopsis

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Aria details:

Type:

aria

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Voice(s):

Mezzo-Soprano or CounterTenor

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Next scene: Overture

Ombra Mai Fu (old Italian)

Singer: Fritz Wunderlich

Amateur rendition of what is perhaps the most frequently sung old opera song (see below for more description). This song demonstrates the improvements due to the time given to me by two people who understand singing well, namely, Johan Kotze, a South African, and Diane Schmolka of Ottawa (whose piano you hear in the background). I am indebted to both people, both of whom have contributed their valuable time for free. This rendition is 1 semitone higher than the operatic standard.

In singing any song, I often look to YouTube to find some singer from whom I might try to learn how to approach the song. In the case of this song, I found Fritz Wunderlich, a famous German operatic tenor, whose rendition you can listen to at
According to the wikipedia:
"Ombra mai fù" is an aria from the opera Serse (Xerxes) by George Frideric Handel. ... The title, which translates from the Italian as Never has there been a shade, is the first aria of the opera. It is sung by the main character, Serse (or "Xerxes"), in praise of a tree's shade as he sits underneath it. It is commonly known as Handel's "Largo", although the original tempo was larghetto.

Lyrics: Ombra mai fù di vegetabile, cara ed amabile, soave più.
Lyrics translated: Never was there a shade of a plant more dear and lovely, or more gentle.

Watch videos with other singers performing Ombra mai fu:

Andreas Scholl Largo di Handel Ombra mai fu Aria da Xerxes HWV 40 Bonazeta YT 1086
1 - Anna Caterina Antonacci
1 - Margherita Chimenti
1 - Élisabeth Duparc
2 - Cecilia Bartoli
2 - Marilyn Horne
3 - Maureen Forrester
5 - Alfred Deller
5 - Andreas Scholl
5 - Christophe Dumaux
5 - Philippe Jaroussky
Kathleen Battle Ombra mai fu 54600
1 - Kathleen Battle

Ombra Mai Fu Dmitri Hvorostovsky 1099
6 - Dmitri Hvorostovsky
LVHF 2017 GF Hndel Ombra mai fu 209909
1 - Patricia Janečková

GF Handel Ombra mai fu Sara Mingardo Accademia degli Astrusi Federico Ferri dir 1122
3 - Sara Mingardo
Haendel Ombra Mai Fu Nathalie Stutzmann Orfeo 55 54603
3 - Nathalie Stutzmann

Jennifer Larmore Haendel s Ombra mai fu  1132
2 - Jennifer Larmore

Ombra mai fu Handel boy soprano Aksel Rykkvin 14y TrondheimSolistene 209895
5 - Aksel Rykkvin

Lucia Popp Ombra mai fu 54608
1 - Lucia Popp
Kathleen Ferrier Ombra mai fu George F Handel Serse 1949 1093
3 - Kathleen Ferrier

Franco Fagioli Ombra mai fu 23912
5 - Franco Fagioli
Joyce DiDonato sings Ombra mai fu Serse with the most seamless vocal line 1126
2 - Joyce DiDonato

Rolando Villazon Ombra mai fu 54614
5 - Rolando Villazón
Placido Domingo Ombra mai fu Handel 54611
5 - Plácido Domingo

ENRICO CARUSO SINGS OMBRA MAI FU 1933 54622
5 - Enrico Caruso
Handel s Ombra mai fu Malena Ernman 23911
2 - Malena Ernman

James Bowman Ombra Mai Fu  54629
5 - James Bowman
Simone Kermes Ombra mai fu Giovanni Bononcini 209906
1 - Simone Kermes

Jochen Kowalski countertenor Handel Ombra mai fu 54633
5 - Jochen Kowalski
Milva James Last Ombra Mai Fu Largo GF Handel 209910
5 -

Handel Xerxes Overture and Ombra mai fu Ann Murray 1102
2 - Ann Murray

Florin Cezar Ouatu Ombra mai fu Xerxes GFHaendel 54636
5 - Florin Cezar Ouatu

John Holiday sings oeOmbra mai fu from Serse Handel Brent Funderburk piano 54676
5 - John Holiday
Iestyn Davies sings Handel Ombra mai fu from Serse HWV40 Iestyn Davies AAM 209949
5 - Iestyn Davies

David Hobson Ombra mai fu 209908
5 - David Hobson
Serse HWV 40 Act 1 Ombra mai fu Serse 1107
5 - David Daniels

Eva Marton Ombra mai fu Handel Xerxes New York Harp Ensemble 54640
1 - Éva Marton
Beniamino Gigli Ombra Mai Fu Handel s Largo FULL ARIA 54644
5 - Beniamino Gigli

Fritz Wunderlich Haendel Ombra mai fu Xerxes 54646
5 - Fritz Wunderlich
Janet Baker Ombra mai f Serse by Haendel 209918
2 - Janet Baker

Ombra mai fu Adriana Kuerova Solamente Naturali 54677
1 - Adriana Kučerová
Renata Pokupic Georg Friedrich Handel Frondi tenere Ombra mai fu 54667
2 - Renata Pokupić

George Frideric Handel Crude Furie from SerseXerxes Tempesta di Mare Michael Maniaci soprano 209922
5 - Michael Maniaci
David Hansen Ombra mai fu Handel Serse 54695
5 - David Hansen

Handel Serse HWV 40 Act 1 Frondi tenere e belle Ombra mai fu 209930
5 -

Ombra mai fu Handel Largo 54690
5 - Jyrki Niskanen

Franco Corelli Ombra mai fu Handel Serse 54709
5 - Franco Corelli
Serse HWV 40 Act 1 Scene 1 No 2 Arioso Ombra mai f Serse 2051
2 - Anne Sofie von Otter

Emma Albani sing Serse Xerxes HWV 40 Act I Ombra mai fu 54731
1 - Emma Albani
HandelOmbra mai fuLesne 54749
5 - Gérard Lesne

Tobias Cole performing Handel s Ombra mai fu 54737
5 - Tobias Cole
Haendel Ombra mai fu Stephanie Blythe 54741
2 - Stephanie Blythe

Dubravka ZubovicmezzosopranoGFHaendelXerxes Ombra Mai Fu 54738
2 - Dubravka Zubović
Handel Serse Ombra mai fu Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Partitura 54751
2 - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

Fritz Wunderlich Handel Xerxes Ombra mai fu Largo 1103
1 - Gundula Janowitz
2 - Christa Ludwig
5 - Fritz Wunderlich
5 - Nicolai Gedda
5 - Werner Krenn
David Daniels 1997 Ombra mai fu Xerxes Handel 1094
5 - David Daniels
5 - Richard Tucker

Handel Serse Ombra mai fu Lorraine HuntLieberson 1104
1 - Margherita Chimenti
1 - Élisabeth Duparc
Philippe Jaroussky Ombra mai fu Handel Serse 54607
3 - Kathleen Ferrier
5 - Philippe Jaroussky

Handel Serse HWV 40 Ombra mai fu Marilyn Horne 1111
1 - Margherita Chimenti
1 - Élisabeth Duparc
2 - Marilyn Horne

Handel Serse Ombra mai fu Maureen Forrester 1113
1 - Margherita Chimenti
1 - Élisabeth Duparc
3 - Maureen Forrester

British Contralto Clara Butt Ombra mai fu 1917 54630
1 - Etelka Gerster
2 - Louise Kirkby Lunn
3 - Clara Butt
Anthony Roth Costanzo oeOmbra mai fu from Xerxes Handel 54657
5 - Anthony Dean Griffey
5 - Anthony Roth Costanzo

CASTRATI La Voce Bianca A Scientific Experiment Aria Ombra mai fu from Xerxes by Handel 54650
2 - Jennifer Johnston
5 - Michael Maniaci
5 - Nicholas Clapton
Robert Merrill with Yehudi Menuhin Carroll Hollister Ombra mai fu Handel s Largo  54647
2 - Risë Stevens
3 - Marian Anderson
5 - Jan Peerce
6 - Robert Merrill

Franco Fagioli counterT Cecilia Bartoli mezzosop Ombra mai fu Serse opera Handel to Caffarelli 54719
2 - Cecilia Bartoli
5 - Franco Fagioli
Philippe Jaroussky sings Ombra mai fu at the Echo Klassik Award 2012 54692
5 - Max Emanuel Cenčić
5 - Philippe Jaroussky

Ombra mai fu Joyce DiDonato LIVE Furore London Handel 209932
2 -
2 - Joyce DiDonato
Handel Ombra mai fu from Serse Xerxes Largo  209952
2 - Cecilia Bartoli
5 - Andreas Scholl

Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

Frondi tenere e belle
del mio platano amato
per voi risplenda il fato.
Tuoni, lampi, e procelle
non v'oltraggino mai la cara pace,
né giunga a profanarvi austro rapace.

Ombra mai fu
di vegetabile,
cara ed amabile,
soave più.

English Libretto or Translation:

Tender and beautiful fronds
of my beloved plane tree,
let Fate smile upon you.
May thunder, lightning, and storms
never disturb your dear peace,
nor may you by blowing winds be profaned.

Never was a shade
of any plant
dearer and more lovely,
or more sweet.

Sheetmusic in our database with this aria

Operatic Anthology: Mezzo-Soprano

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