What are some famous opera arias

Strong women in opera ariasThe garden of sighs

What would ancient mythology be without its formidable heroines? In any case, she would have had a few touching stories poorer! The same applies to the baroque music world. Because the composers of the 17th and 18th centuries preferred to fall back on ancient materials in order to illuminate the great issues of humanity in various facets, above all love.

Often it is women in particular who steadfastly and courageously hold on to their love. Her angry despair, but also her tender sighs, echo in countless baroque cantatas and operas.

The mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená also works with a number of early music ensembles (dpa / Picture Alliance / CTK / Vaclav Salek)

The mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená brought an impressive selection of arias to the Bremen concert hall "Die Glocke" last September. Together with the Czech conductor Václav Luks and his Collegium 1704, she took her audience to a "Giardino dei sospiri", a "Garden of Sighs".

There Magdalena Kožená slipped into the role of strong women like Ariadne, Hera and Dido, who even die for their love. Armida also speaks up, as does Almirena, who suffered from Armida's magical power. Georg Friedrich Handel wrote the famous aria "Lascia ch'io pianga" for them in his opera "Rinaldo".

Il giardino dei sospiri - The garden of sighs

Francesco Gasparini, Leonardo Leo, Domenico Sarro, Georg Friedrich Händel and others
Arias and cantatas by heroines of ancient times
Magdalena Kožená, mezzo-soprano
Collegium 1704
Direction: Václav Luks
Recording from September 13th, 2018 from the bell in Bremen