Spinto sopranos are female singers with voices that can hit high notes similar to that of a lyric soprano, but also hit lower notes like a mezzo. Then tend to have a darker, warmer sound than some other soprano voices. Many times, lyric sopranos have found that they are actually spintos, being able to sing some lower arias that they weren’t aware they could sing before. Generally, spintos have a range from a middle “C” to a high “D,” but some can go much higher and lower than that.
If you fall into this category, here is a list of the top 8 arias that every spinto should learn.
1. Io son l’umile ancella, from Adriana Lecouvreur, by Francesco Cilèa
2. Voi lo sapete, from Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni
3. Glück, das mir verblieb from Die Tote Stadt by Erich Wolfgang
4. Ah! chi mi dice mai from Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
5. Il Tabarro: E Ben Altro Il Mio Sogno! from Il Tabarro by Giacomo Puccini
6. Un bel di vedremo from Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
7. In quelle trine morbide from Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini
8. Vissi d’arte from Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
There are also many other beautiful arias out there for spintos, but this is a great list to help you get started. Some of the most famous spinto soprano opera singers of all time are Renata Scotto, Violetta Villas, Dorothy Kirsten and Giannina Arangi-Lombardi. Try listening to some of the operatic works they’ve sung for even more repertoire.