Sull’aria…che soave zeffiretto (Letter-Duet from Mozart’s Opera “Le Nozze di Figaro”) – Arranged for Solo Soprano by Howlett & Combrink)

LIVE RECORDING Fismer Hall, Stellenbosch Conservatorium, South Africa, August 2012

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The song featured famously in the film “The Shawshank Redemption”

“Sull’aria…che soave zeffiretto” is a duettino, or a short duet, from act 3 of Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492, to a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. In the duettino, Countess Almaviva (a soprano) dictates to Susanna (also a soprano) the invitation to a tryst addressed to the countess’ husband in a plot to expose his infidelity.

“Canzonetta sull’aria” – “A little song on the breeze” (the title)
Che soave zeffiretto – What a gentle little Zephyr
Questa sera spirerà – This evening will sigh
Sotto i pini del boschetto.  – Under the pines in the little grove.
Ei già il resto capirà.  And the rest he’ll understand.