"Se il mio nome saper voi bramate" (If you wish to know my name) is an aria for Tenors from Act. 1, Scene 1, opera "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" by Gioacchino Rossini, Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini. Sung by Count d'Almaviva (Tenor), outside Dr. Bartolo's house at daybreak. The Count serenades Rosina, the intended bride of Dr. Bartolo, hoping to win her affections. He does not want her to love him for his wealth and rank, though, so he says he is poor man named Lindoro and that he would like to be her husband. Here some suggestion on how to better approach the study of this aria. Continue Reading...
Remember that this aria is a "serenade" and that you'll conquer Rosina with the words and not with the sound of your voice. Be sure to have a clear diction (let the audience understand each word). In the second part of the aria, after Rosina's speech, become more emotional!. Sing it like that and don't let it equal to the first part!
There are 2 important technical suggestion for you:
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