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Encyclopedia > Aria di sorbetto

The Aria di sorbetto, or "sherbet aria", was a convention of Italian opera in the early nineteenth century. Sherbet (in American English) is a frozen dessert made from iced sweetened fruit juice or puree. ... An aria (Italian for air; plural: arie or arias in common usage) in music was originally any expressive melody, usually, but not always, performed by a singer. ... The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Background

Nineteenth-century audiences would rarely listen to an opera straight through, preferring instead to talk among themselves, eat, and drink for much of the performance. The aria di sorbetto would come fairly late in the second act of the opera, and it would afford vendors the chance to hawk their wares one last time before the evening ended. As most of the vendors sold ice cream and other sweets, such arias came to be known as "sherbet arias" because of what they signified to the audience. An audience is a group of people who participate in an experience or encounter a work of art, literature, theatre, music or academics in any medium. ... A vendor is one who sells something. ... Missing image Ice cream is often served on a stick Boxes of ice cream are often found in stores in a display freezer. ...


Conventions

The aria di sorbetto was usually given to a secondary character, and was inserted into a scene which had little bearing on the plot of the opera, except tangentially. The character would normally be one who had had no other solo opportunities in the piece. Because the aria was so unimportant, its composition would often be handed off to an inferior composer, one who received no credit for his efforts. In music, solo means to play or sing alone. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ...


Today, most performances keep the aria di sorbetto intact, rather than cutting it, and audiences are expected to listen to it as they would any other portion of the opera.


Examples

Portrait Gioacchino Antonio Rossini (February 29, 1792 – November 13, 1868)[1] was an Italian musical composer who wrote more than 30 operas as well as sacred music and chamber music. ... La Cenerentola is a comic opera by Gioacchino Rossini. ... Litaliana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers) is a comic opera in two acts by Gioacchino Rossini to an Italian libretto by Angelo Anelli, based on his earlier text set by Luigi Mosca. ... The Barber of Seville is a theatre play by Beaumarchais, written in 1775, and originally entitled Le Barbier de Séville in French. ...

See also

http://www.operaworld.com/cornerstones/cenerentola/cenopera.htm - a brief description of the style and its place in Rossini's La Cenerentola


 
 

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