After the aging old man, Don Pasquale, announces he will marry a young women in order to give birth to a son (having cut his disrespectful nephew out of his inheritance), he has his doctor, Malatesta search for a bride. Malatesta, recognizing the foolishness of Don Pasquale, decides to teach him a lesson. He returns to Don Pasquale singing this aria describing a suitable bride that is "beautiful like an angel" that he has found for him.
Learn the synopsis of Don Pasquale.
At the start of Act II, Iago begins to craft his plan. He offers advice to Cassio to get back in Otello's good graces after Cassio was demoted. All Cassio has to do is speak with Otello's wife, Desdemona, and she will help change her husband's mind. After Cassio departs, leaving Iago alone, Iago reveals his true nature in this frightening aria which translates to, "I believe in a cruel God."
In an effort to serenade his past lover's maid, Giovanni disguises his servant/partner in crime, Leporello, as himself to lead Elvira away. After his trick is successful, Giovanni sings beneath the window of the beautiful maid.
Learn the Don Giovanni synopsis.
Sung by Papageno, this famous aria introduces the lonely Papageno and his job as a bird catcher. All Papageno wants is to find a wife - if not that, a least a girlfriend.
Learn the synopsis of Die Zauberflöte.
This famous, and probably most difficult, baritone aria is sung by Figaro. He is first introduced to the audience by singing this aria about his duties as the town's "factotum" - basically the go-to handyman capable of fixing anything.
Learn the Barber of Seville synopsis.
During a county fair, Méphistophélès (the devil), sings a rousing song of gold and greed. The wine and alcohol begins pouring, and villagers become exceedingly intoxicated and frivolous.
Read the Faust synopsis.
Donna Elvira, a scorned lover, has been on the hunt for Don Giovanni. When she finally finds him, he pushes Leporello in front of her and tells him to tell her the truth of his many lovers. Don Giovanni runs away as Leporello tells her she is just one of many hundreds of girls within Don Giovanni's catalog of women.
Learn the "Madamina, il catalogo è questo" lyrics along with the Don Giovanni synopsis.
Sung by Figaro after the young Cherubino is sent of to the military, Figaro teases him about no longer being able to be the amorous butterfly that flirts with all the women.
Read the lyrics to "Non piu andrai" and the Le nozze di Figaro synopsis.
Sung by Wolfram, the aria's title translates to "oh, my gracious evening star". Wolfram is devoutly in love with Elizabeth, but she is loved by Tannhauser. One evening, Wolfram has a premonition of her death, and so he prays to the evening star to guide and protect her on her journey to heaven.
10. "Votre Toast"From: Bizet's Carmen
Escamillo, the matador, sings one of the most lively and exuberant arias from Bizet's Carmen. Translated to "Your Toast," Escamillo sings of the bullfighting ring and the cheering crowds and victories that come with it.
Learn the lyrics to "Votre Toast" and the Carmen synopsis.