Guess the Tune – Opera Puzzler
Here are two tunes from an opera in my recent listening:
Can you recognize the tunes? Which opera is it? Wait, if you think you know the answers, you might want to think twice after listening to these two:
Just give you some hint. The last two tunes (b) are from a different opera, as you may know it by heart, Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote” (The Magic Flute).
But that’s not the opera for the first two tunes (a), even though they sound familiar (try to compare 1a vs 1b and 2a and 2b). So, what is it?
The answer is ..
- Tune 1a is from “Serenate il mesto ciglio” in Act I. (Giuliana Tavolaccini as Elvira)
- Tune 2a is from “Con tutta…La femmine d’Italia” in Act II. (Paolo Montarsolo as Haly)
Tune 1&2 b is take from the opening of this famous aria.
When I first listened to Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri yesterday, I immediately recognized the similarity between these two. Even though it’s only just for few notes. But they do sound pretty close, don’t they? 😉
Maybe when Rossini was composing L’Italiana in Algeri, where introduces “Pappataci”* in Act II, he couldn’t help having Papagano’s tune in mind. Well, that’s just my wild guess.
* From Wiki’s Synopsis: “Lindoro tells Mustafà that Isabella will declare him her adored ‘pappataci’ [literally a ‘silent eater’: a man unable to resist the opposite sex]. This, as Lindoro explains, is an Italian custom and a great honour, as the ‘pappataci’ enjoy an idyllic life dedicated to eating, drinking and sleeping.”