From Super Bowl ads for Doritos, to ringtones, to Scrubbing Bubbles commercials, to Dancing with the Stars, to Grand Theft Auto, this piece has captured the hearts of nearly everyone who has heard it. It has been recorded by most of the greatest tenors of the world — and also by Alvin and the Chipmunks.
This insanely popular aria from Verdi’s opera Rigoletto is sure to be a hit with students familiar with the piece.
The Special Notes section contains information about the premiere of the opera, as well as an English translation of the lyrics.
Key: C major
Mood: forceful, passionate
Pedagogy: dynamics, articulations, hand position changes, repeats.