Contralto Repitoire

One of the most asked questions is about rep.  Where can I find music written for contralto and what do you recommend?

Here is a list of the most popular pieces composed for contraltos:

Arias – Opera & Oratorio:

  • Lullaby from the opera “The Consul” by Gian Carlo Menotti (English)
  • Voce di donna from the opera “La Giocando” by Amilcare Ponchielli (Italian)
  • Podrugi Milie from the opera “Queen of Spades” by Tchaikovsky (Russian)
  • Alone and Yet Alive from the opera “The Mikado” by Gilbert & Sullivan (English)
  • Stride la Vampa from the opera “Il Trovatore” by Verdi (Italian)
  • Thy Hand Belinda from the opera “Dido and Aeneas” by Purcell (English)
  • Va! Laisse couler mes larmes from the opera “Werther” by Massonet (French)
  • Scherza Infida from the opera “Ariodante” by Handel (Italian)
  • Parto, Parto from the opera “La Clemenza di Tito” by Mozart (Italian)
  • Gelido in ogni vena from the opera “Il Farnace” by Vivaldi (Italian)
  • Qui Sedes ad dextram Patris from the Vivaldi Gloria (Latin)
  • Qui Sedes ad dextram Patris from Bach mass in B minor (Latin)
  • Wie alles war (weiche, Wotan, weiche) from the opera “Das Rheingold” by Wagner (German)
  • Merknyet Svyet Dnevnoy (Konchakavna’s Cantiva) from the opera “Prince Igor” by Borodin (Russian)

Art Song:

  • Edward Elgar: Sea Pictures Op.37
  • Henry Purcell: Fifteen Songs And Airs Set 1 (contralto Or Baritone)
  • Dvorak: Biblical Songs
  • Mahler: Kindertotenlieder
  • Brahms: Zigeunerlieder (8 Gypsy Songs)

Do you have some favorites?  Add them to the list!