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FWO Lesley Resident Artist Gabrielle Gilliam Sings Puccini's "O mio babbino caro"
Soprano Gabrielle Gilliam, one of Fort Worth Opera's Lesley Resident Artists, sings Giacomo Puccini's "O mil babbino caro," from his 1918 one-act comic opera, 'Gianni Schicchi.' One of the most performed arias of the last 100 years, the aria is sung by the young Lauretta, who pleads with her father Gianni Schicchi to assist her in marrying the love of her life, Rinuccio. Dr. Charlene Lotz, FWO's Head of Music, accompanies Ms. Gilliam at the piano.
FWO Lesley Resident Artist Darius Thomas sings "It Ain't Necessarily So" from 'Porgy and Bess'
FWO Lesley Resident Artist, tenor Darius Thomas, sings Sportin' Life's aria "It Ain't Necessarily So." This famous number from The Gershwins' 'Porgy and Bess' has been covered by everyone from Aretha Franklin and Sammy Davis Jr., to Cher and Sting, but Darius brings his own fabulous flair to this iconic character, as the sly drug dealer shares his doubts about several passages in the Bible at the church picnic on Kittiwah Island in Act II of the opera.
Darius Thomas sings Salvatore Cardillo's "Core 'ngrato"
Darius Thomas, tenor FWO Green Room: Festival Artists Online FWO Lesley Resident Artist Darius Thomas sings "Core 'ngrato" a 1911 song made internationally famous by Enrico Caruso, Luciano Pavarotti, Mario Lanza, and Benjamino Gigli. Written by emigrant American composer Salvatore Cardillo and featuring lyrics by Riccardo Cordiferro (real name Alessandro Sisca), this heartfelt, dramatic piece is the only well-known standard Neapolitan song to have been written in the United States. "Ungrateful heart, you have stolen my life! It's all over and you don't think about it anymore!".