Musical Term of the Week
by Melissa Wimbish
Sometimes the various types of arias begin to sound like a fancy Italian dinner menu. Cabaletta, da capo, cavatina, canzonetta, aria di sorbetto…yum! I’ll take one of each!
cavatina – The meaning of this term has changed over the years. It now usually refers to the opening, slow section of a two part aria. In Rossini’s time it referred to the entrance, or first aria sung by a certain character. Norma’s “Casta diva” (you’ll want to click that link) is an example of a cavatina in both senses.
Definition provided by Opera America