While preparing this aria for a concert next month, I was reflecting on the idea of freedom. We all, in some way or another, long for freedom—from a person, situation, or even our own thoughts. In “Stridono lassù,” Nedda is desperate to escape her oppressive situation and fly like the birds. To her, birds represent hope. With so many melancholic arias in my repertoire, it’s a breath of fresh air to sing something hopeful (albeit temporarily, since my character dies at the end anyway!). Enjoy this rendition by the divine Montserrat Caballé; I can’t imagine it sung better.
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