Sebben, crudele

And back to the baroque period again. Caldara’s aria Sebben crudele from his – now seldom performed – opera La costanza in amor vince l’inganno was pure bliss to work on. It felt as if this aria was written for my voice.

I enjoyed every minute I spent perfecting my rendition of this aria.

Der Tod und das Mädchen

Although it’s probably every singer’s dream to sing Schubert’s Erlkönig, my voice isn’t nearly ready for that yet.

However, my singing teacher did think I was ready to sing “Der Tod und das Mädchen” which has quite a few things in common with Erlkönig. Same composer, same style, same theme and the singer has to portray more than one character, and has to do so skillfully and believably.

This was a challenge I couldn’t possibly pass up. It wasn’t easy, but it was great. I especially liked singing the role of der Tod. A bit of morbid fun has never been wasted on me.

Ombra mai fu

Next, I sang  Ombra mai fu from Händel’s opera Xerxes, which was rather nice to work on.

If by now you’re assuming I must really like Baroque music, you’re absolutely right. But there’s more to me than just Baroque.


As I was a tenor now, I delved up my copy of Unterrichtslieder from which I used to sing as a soprano, and decided I’d sing Frühlingslied D 398, by Franz Schubert. Die luft ist blau das tal ist grün

Then my voice deepened into the baritone range and as I had no sheet music for this Lied for middle or low voice, I moved on.

But listening to Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau singing it makes me want to acquire the sheet music for this song in middle or low setting.

Meiner Liebsten schöne Wangen

The second aria I started working on, was “Meiner Liebsten schöne Wangen” from Mozart’s first opera, Bastien und Bastienne, which he wrote when he was about 12 years old.

My voice was now – just – within the tenor range, and that made singing this aria even more delightful.

Lascia ch’io pianga

When I had my first singing lessons (after the hiatus) back in September, I first started working on “Lascia ch’io pianga” as a counter tenor.

Caro mio ben

I had my first singing lessons at age sixteen and people loved my sweet, light soprano.

One of the first arias I sang, was “Caro mio ben”, which is still one of my favourites.

That was a long time ago. These days, I sing in the baritone range.

Singer sings again

After a hiatus of some twenty years, this singer decided to take up singing again. He found a singing teacher and soon was enjoying his singing lessons more than ever before.

This blog is his singing diary. Here, he’ll post videos of the art songs, arias and other songs he’s learning. For his own convenience. But if you enjoy bel canto, you’re cordially invited to read and listen along.

Let the music start.