IN LOVE WITH A LOVE SONG

I’ve heard many different arias from many different operas–but my all-time favorite is Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix (My heart opens itself to your voice).  This aria is from the opera, Samson et Dalila, which was composed by Camille Saint-Saens.  I’ve never seen the opera.  In truth, I’ve only seen three operas (two on video), and listened to one more on my stereo.  I’m not a big fan of opera, in general, but I do love many pieces from different operas, including arias (which are really just songs from operas).  And I love this love song from Samson et Dalila, best of all.

Unfortunately, I am unable to upload videos onto my blog–however I can provide links.  Below are links to videos of four different mezzo-sopranos performing Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix.  I list four because different performers have different styles (there are many more videos of other mezzo-sopranos performing it).  Their names are given below the links.  If you don’t want to watch/listen to all four, just pick one, and you’ll understand why I love this aria so much.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwynxOAoKjo&feature=youtube_gdata

Marilyn Horne

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxEJ4AiFK1k

Grace Bumbry

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtkeUrXIWzw

Manca Izmajlova

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X79OkSayPSw

Elina Garanca

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