Opera: Favorite Opera choruses
Thank you to everyone who responded. Many people suggested the book "Opera
Choruses" edited by John Rutter (Oxford). For more information,
>From a program by Nina Gilbert
Director of Choral Activities, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania
Bizet, "Habanera" fromCarmen
Verdi, "Libiamo," fromLa Traviata
Verdi, "Va pensiero," from Nabucco
Bellini, "Casta diva," from Norma
Gershwin, "Oh, I can't sit down," from Porgy and Bess
Schumann, Lasst Lautenspiel und Becherklang
Dennard, arr., Hush! Somebody's callin' my name
Vaughan Williams, arr., The Turtle Dove
Hirsh/Gilbert, Oseh shalom bimromav
Gilbert and Sullivan, "Three Little Maids," fromThe Mikado,
Rossini, "Preghiera," from Maometto secondo
Verdi, "La vergine degli angeli," from La forza del destino
Classic barbershop, Bye bye blues
Gilbert and Sullivan, "Brightly dawns our wedding day," from
Keane and Faulkner, Mouth music
Palestrina, Beatus vir qui suffert tentationem
Plainchant Psalm tone and antiphon, Super flumina Babylonis
Arvo Part, Cantate Domino
Pilkington, Rest, sweet nymphs
Robert Jones, Sweet, come away and When will the fountain of
Campion, As by the streams of Babylon
Robert Schumann, Wenn ich ein Voeglein waer'
Gilbert and Sullivan, "When the foeman bares his steel,"
Pirates of Penzance
Romberg and Hammerstein, "Stout-Hearted Men," from The New
*From Shawna Stewart
My two favorite are the Anvil Chorus from Il Travatore and The Chorus of the
Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco. I am pretty sure "Hebrew Slaves" is published
separately, although when we did it I used the opera scores.
*From Craig D. Collins
Director of Music Ministry, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Cornelius, NC
The "Ave Maria" and, if you have a great tenor, "Viva il vivo spumeggiante"
from "Cavalleria Rusticana" "Va, pensiero" from "Nabucco." "Brindisi" from
"La Traviata" requires both an excellent tenor and soprano and is one of the
better-known choruses. If you have plenty of men, the "Soldier's Chorus"
from "Faust" is a great chorus and a real crowd pleaser. "Il Trovatore,"
and "Boris Godunov" have excellent mixed chorus numbers.
>From Wallace De Pue
Please look at my homepage (http://mustec.bgsu.edu/~wallace) for information
on my opera, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
*From Bruce Phelps
Director of TWO RIVERS CHORALE, Coon Rapids, Minnesota
"Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves" from "Nabucco" by Verdi
"Finale" from the Gondolieres by Gilbert and Sullivan
>From Frieda H.
Va, Pensiero from Verdi's Nabucco
Choruses from Boito Mefistofele
Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov
Purcell's Dido and Aeneas
Handel's Acis and Galatea
*From Steven Szalaj
Crystal Lake, IL
Easter Hymn by Mascagni, Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves by Verdi, Anvil Chorus
by Verdi, and the Habanera by Bizet.
*From Pat Smith
Acappellago, NFP, Westmont, IL 60559
The "Anvil Chorus" - Il Travatore, "Va Pensiero" - Nabucco, "Fuoca di Goia"
- Othello, "The Bell Chorus" - Palligaci & "Regina Coeli" - Cavaleria
Rusticana are available as single octavos.
*From Jonathan Dzik
"Va, Pensiero" from Nabucco and other choruses from that opera. "Pilgrims
Chorus" and "Entrance of the Guests" from Tannhauser The "Prologue" from
Bismarck State College