Ruggero Leoncavallo: Stridono lassù

Written by Corinne Winters


In category: Song of the Day

Published April 19, 2019

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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American soprano Corinne Winters splits her time between inexorable walks toward grim operatic deaths and sunnily preparing Pinterest-worthy plant-based meals to share with her husband. She feeds her soul by curling up with heady literature and a giant mug of coffee, practicing her Pincha pose, and mentoring via Turn The Spotlight.


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