What opera songs give you goosebumps?

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Hi Roger! I hear a lot about the transformative power of opera. The idea that certain songs in opera, even if you can't understand the language, can make you cry and give you chills. So my question is, can you suggest some amazing songs/arias that will make the goosebumps on my arms pop up?

Ask RogerIt would be my pleasure, needless to say! Here, in no particular order of preference, are pieces that provoke a very memorable response. Whether you want to be moved, exhilarated, charmed, or uplifted, you’ll find what you need here.


"Depuis le jour" from Charpentier’s LOUISE

"Song to the Moon" from Dvořák’s RUSALKA

"Nacqui all'affanno" from Rossini’s LA CENERENTOLA

"Ah, mes amis" from Donizetti’s LA FILLE DU REGIMENT

Yeletsky's aria from Tchaikovsky’s THE QUEEN OF SPADES

"Recondita armonia" from Puccini’s TOSCA

"Zweite Brautnacht!" from Strauss’s DIE AEGYPTISCHE HELENA

"Zazà, piccola zingara" from Leoncavallo’s ZAZÀ

"Spargi d'amaro pianto" from Donizetti’s LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR

Igor's monologue from Borodin’s PRINCE IGOR

"O don fatale" from Verdi’s DON CARLO


Duet of Nadir and Zurga from Bizet’s THE PEARL FISHERS

"Chi il bel sogno di Doretta" from Puccini’s LA RONDINE

"La mamma morta" from Giordano’s ANDREA CHENIER

Flower Song from Bizet’s CARMEN

"Tu che le vanità" from Verdi’s DON CARLO

"Parto, parto" from Mozart’s LA CLEMENZA DI TITO

"D'amor sull'ali rosee" from Verdi’s IL TROVATORE

"Pourquoi me reveiller" from Massenet’s WERTHER

"Non so le tetre immagini" from Verdi’s IL CORSARO

"Winterstuerme" from Wagner’s DIE WALKUERE

"Mercè, dilette amiche" from Verdi’s I VESPRI SICILIANI

"Mild und leise" from Wagner’s TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

“La dolcissima effigie” from Cilea’s ADRIANA LECOUVREUR

"L'amour est une vertu rare" from Massenet’s THAÏS

Prologue from Leoncavallo’s PAGLIACCI

"Casta diva" from Bellini’s NORMA

“Un dì all’azzurro spazio” from Giordano’s ANDREA CHÉNIER

"Ebben! ne andro lontana" from Catalani’s LA WALLY

""Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix" from Saint-Saëns’s SAMSON ET DALILA

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