Our theme for camp this week is “Moving Through the Mediterranean,” and again it has inspired me. I am focusing my lesson plan on Italy, and how could I talk about this country without mentioning opera music? Italy is the birthplace of opera, and it is a form of music that I truly know little about. To me, opera has always seemed so sophisticated and a bit stuffy, but of course, I look at this musical art form in awe.
It is said that opera originated in Italy in about the year 1600. “Dafne” by Jacopo Peri was the first known opera composition ever written, and over the years some of the most famous composers in the world wrote operas: Handel, Gluck Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini. Puccini is the most modern of these composers and wrote some of the most famous opera of all time: “La Boheme,” “Tosca,” “Madame Butterfly,” and “Turandot.”
Luciano Pavarotti has got to be one of the most famous operatic tenors of all time, and to me, his name is synonymous with opera music. He died in 2007 at the age of 72 from pancreatic cancer, but his music lives on. Today, my song is a classic Italian opera favorite, “O Sole Mio,” and Luciano Pavarotti’s voice singing it is perfection. It sums up, not just the soul of Italy, but all of the Mediterranean, and as I listen to it, I think of a beautiful sunny day along the Mediterranean Sea, and of course, a big plate of spaghetti with meatballs! So enjoy this gorgeous music by clicking on this Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_mLFHLSULw Ciao!