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.


Il mio bel foco

Next I got to sing Il mio bel foco, which I didn’t really enjoy, so I only worked on it for a short while and then moved on to something else.

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.

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.