Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Se ardire, e speranza, aria for soprano & orchestra, K. 82 (K. 73o)

    Description by Anne Feeney

    This early (1770) concert aria was, like many, written to a text by

    the dominant librettist of the time, Metastasio. While it is unquestionbly

    early in style, a theme and variations format in an ABA structure,

    it is also warm and melodic, with a definite musical appeal.

    The aria is taken from Metastasio's complete libretto "Demofoonte, " and

    while the entire text is unbelievably complicated, there is a certain

    simplicity in this text, and Mozart makes the most of it by setting

    up an appealing melody that doesn't bore the listener the first time

    it is sung and isn't completely obscured by the increasingly complex

    ornamentations with each repetition. Like most arias of the time,

    it is set up with the initial theme, a set of variations, a recitative

    that gives the singer a chance to breathe and serves as a kind of palate

    cleanser for the audience before the theme and variations begin again.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2011 ZYX CLA 101162
    2010 PentaTone Classics / PentaTone Classics 5186376
    2008 Arts Music 47746
    2008 Philips 4646602
    2007 Brilliant 93408
    2006 Philips
    2006 Philips
    2005 Brilliant 99731
    2005 Brilliant 92540
    2000 Philips 464 880-2PB10
    1999 Decca 448246
    1997 London 455 241-2LC5
    1995 ZYX Music 4098
    1991 Philips 422523
    Brilliant 92632
    Brilliant 93408/1
    Brilliant 92632/2
    Brilliant 99731/1